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"Brooklyn Boy" by New Haven playwright opens in Milford

Brooklyn Boy, a comedy/drama by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies, a resident of New Haven, will open on June 4 and run through June 20 at the Eastbound Theatre in Milford. Among the cast is Mark Lambeck of Stratford, who is director of the Temple Players at Temple Beth Sholom.

“Brooklyn Boy” tells the story of Eric Weiss, who has written an autobiographic novel called, what else, “Brooklyn Boy,” which has just landed him on the best seller list for the first time. The book’s position at number eleven gets a mixed reaction from his father, but Hollywood has taken notice, looking to make it into a feature film. Before Eric can get to the West Coast, though, he must reconnect with friends and family in his Jewish community in Brooklyn. When the studio wants to make the script more ethnically generic, Eric finds out how deeply his connection runs to the people and the faith he tried to leave behind.
Born in Brooklyn in 1954, Donald Margulies is a highly acclaimed playwright, winning the Obie award in 1992 for Sight Unseen. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his 1998 play Collected Stories. The Prize was awarded to him two years later, when Dinner with Friends received the honor. His plays have premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Repertory, The New York Shakespeare Festival and the Jewish Repertory Theatre. His most recent work, Time Stands Still, is a 2010 Tony Award(r) nominee for Best Play. A New Haven resident, Margulies teaches playwriting at the Yale School of Drama.
Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.. Tickets are $15 adults; $12.50 for seniors/ students. For tickets call (203) 882-0969.

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