by Bess Wohl
directed by Marilyn Langbehn
One Night Only: Monday, March 15, 7 pm on Zoom
Tickets: Free (suggested donation $10)
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ABOUT THE PLAY
At a toasted subs franchise in the local mall, three up-and-coming “sandwich artists”—a teenager, a single mom, and a downsized refugee from corporate banking—are perfecting the mustard-to-cheese ratio according to the company manual. But when their shot at the American dream is interrupted by a series of strange events, they become unlikely allies in a post-recession world. AMERICAN HERO is a supersized dark comedy about life, liberty, and the pursuit of sandwiches.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
“[Bess Wohl’s] darkly funny comedy…takes a wry, compassionate attitude toward American workers barely clinging to the bottom rungs of the economic ladder.”—NY Times.
“Wohl’s quirky comedy observes a few specimens of the embattled American working class…Simmering beneath the heroic battle to succeed in a cutthroat market—and the great crisis when the franchise is abandoned by its corporate owners—is a metaphorically rich survival drama about individual pluck and group courage.”—Variety.
“…no matter where you fall on the food chain, you’re bound to encounter frustration in a day and age when uniformity and profit are valued over creativity and inspiration. AMERICAN HERO calls to mind a range of anxiety-generating post-recession narratives…but the ideas [Wohl] is toying with leave you plenty to chew on.” —NBC (New York).
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Bess Wohl’s plays have been produced or developed at theaters around the country, including the Williamstown Theatre Festival, People’s Light and Theatre Company, Center Theatre Group, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the Pioneer Theatre, the Pittsburgh Public Theater, the Northlight Theater, TheaterWorks New Works Festival, the Geffen Playhouse, the Vineyard Arts Project, Ojai Playwright’s Conference, the Cape Cod Theatre Project and the New York International Fringe Festival. Her play AMERICAN HERO had its world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, directed by Leigh Silverman. She also worked on PRETTY FILTHY, an original musical about the adult entertainment industry, in collaboration with the composer/lyricist Michael Friedman and the Civilians. Her other plays include CATS TALK BACK, IN, BARCELONA, and TOUCHED. Her work has been supported by the MacDowell Fellowship, PlayPenn, and the Sewanee Writer’s Conference. She is a member of the Ars Nova Play Group, and has been the recipient of new play commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club and Center Theatre Group. She also writes for film and television. She completed an adaptation of the bestselling novel “The Luxe” for Paramount Pictures and has developed original television pilots for Fox, HBO, and USA. Bess is a graduate of Harvard, magna cum laude, where she studied with Seamus Heaney and Jamaica Kincaid, and was awarded the Rona Jaffe Writing Prize and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship. She earned her MFA from the Yale School of Drama, where she was a recipient of the Rebecca West Scholarship. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York, and divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.
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