Reading Stage presents FROM UP HERE

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by Liz Flahive

directed by Grace Dolezal-Ng

One Night Only: Monday, April 26, 7 pm on Zoom

Tickets: Free (suggested donation $10)

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Kenny Barrett did something that has everyone worried. He wishes he could just make it through the rest of his senior year unnoticed, but that’s going to be hard since he has to publicly apologize to his entire high school. At home, his mother is struggling with a rocky start to her second marriage and a surprise visit from her estranged sister. A new play about a family limping out the door in the morning and coming home no matter what.



“Ms. Flahive’s casual avoidance of hand wringing and sententiousness brings a breath of fresh air to a subject more often accompanied by torrents of the hot kind. The play has the bouncy humor of a quirky-family sitcom, but in this case the usual adolescent afflictions — acne and awkwardness, mean girls, and cruel jocks — take a back seat to something larger, darker, and more mysterious. One of the most insightful aspects of Ms. Flahive’s writing is her understanding that even caring adults are struck dumb and left gaping for words in the presence of despair of such proportions. – The New York Times

“Marvelous. A gem of a debut. Ms. Flahive’s language is almost always naturalistic, often sounding throwaway, and yet every line contributes to a growing impression of a living, breathing family.” – The New York Sun

“Hip and smart! A fresh new voice.” – The Daily News

“One of the best and most emotionally satisfying works this season. Superb!” – Theatermania



LIZ FLAHIVE is currently running the Emmy-nominated Netflix series GLOW, which she co-created with Carly Mensch. She was also an Executive Producer on Nurse Jackie and a consulting producer on Homeland. Liz and her husband Jeff Cox co-wrote the feature Adult Beginners, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her first play, From Up Here (MTC), received the John Gassner Playwriting Award from the Outer Critics Circle in 2006 and was also nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. Her plays have been produced and developed at Manhattan Theater Club, Williamstown Theater Festival, Naked Angels, Keen Company, Sundance Institute Playwrights Retreat at Ucross Foundation, and Ars Nova. Founding member: Playgroup (Ars Nova). Recipient of MTC’s Bank of America New Play Commission. Liz is a proud, longtime volunteer with The 52nd Street Project. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dramatic Writing.


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