Theatre People Are Center Stage in
The play is inspired by a real-life literary hoax where no one's story is as it seems. The show explores the splintered self of Alberta Lesale, a 40-year-old writer and singer who finds herself by assuming the identity of her alter-ego: a 14-year-old boy named Jeremy. Dodging calls from suspicious reporters, Alberta takes on an array of personalities to sustain both her fame and the illusion. But as the media's demand for Jeremy intensifies, so does his power over Alberta and her accomplices. Deena Jiles is featured as Alberta, Patrick Martin is Jeremy, and Michelle Wood is Abby.
According to the show's creators, "1-900-SELFPLEX" will arrive at Fringe in an intimate, stripped-down production that underscores the theme of the play: the power of imagination to create and recreate oneself, as well as the pervasive role of the media in today's world. The show continues the FringeNYC tradition of presenting imaginative and provocative new drama. In 2007, Elixir Productions' Fringe entry, "To Be Loved," was singled out by The New York Times as "one of the most talked-about entries in the festival." To Be Loved starred key players who will reunite for the current production.
premieres Monday, August 17 at 2 p.m. and continues Tuesday, August 18
at 5 p.m.; Thursday, August 20 at 8:15 p.m.; Saturday, August 22 at 4:15
p.m.; Thursday, August 27 at 9:15 p.m.; and Friday, August 28 at 4:45
p.m. All performances take place at The Studio at Cherry Lane Theatre
(Fringe Venue #15), 38 Commerce Street.
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