Due to my move into the newly-operational ModFab World Headquarters, I haven't been able to see my friend Willie's new theatre company, Redd Tale, tread the boards with a production of Steven Dietz's Lonely Planet. But with only one week left to catch it, I should probably get my ass down there and see it. Thus, to assuage my guilty conscience, herewith is a plug of the highest caliber:
LONELY PLANET takes place in Jody's Maps during the height of the AIDS crisis. Jody has isolated himself from society while his circle of friends diminishes due to the disease. Carl, a close friend and daily visitor, begins to bring chairs into the shop: reminders of what's going on outside. Carl's light-hearted persistence to get him out the door forces Jody to choose between digging in his heels or facing his fears head-on. 15 years after it was written, LONELY PLANET remains fresh and relevant in light of today's rising statistics.
LONELY PLANET runs August 1 through August 16, 2008; Thursday - Saturday at 8pm, with 2pm matinees on Saturdays, Sundays 7pm. The Spoon Theater is located at 38 West 38th Street, 5th floor, between 5th and 6th Avenues. Tickets are $15, available at 212-868-4444.