November 16, 2017
Brendan Hines Stars in ‘Histrionics’ at Theater For The New City
Production Dates: Thursday, November 30th – Saturday, December 16th, 2017
Opening Night: Thursday, November 30th, 2017
New York, NY – November 16, 2017 — Following his acclaimed 2011 show Woody Guthrie Dreams, Michael Patrick Flanagan Smith returns to Theater for the New City with the explosive world premiere of Histrionics. Framed through the contemporary scope of a bookish high school history teacher, Smith and longtime writing partner, Ben Forstenzer, get up close and personal with James Buchanan, largely considered to be the worst president in American history.
In the mid 1850’s, during Buchanan’s presidency, The United States of America was a mess of internal turmoil; lines were drawn, and the country was divided. Instead of taking action, Buchanan faltered, and the country erupted in civil war. In this one act play, we look at the past, consider it in relationship to the present, and examine the ways in which actions today can have great repercussions in the future.
Histrionics is a one-man show, starring Amazon’s The Tick star, Brendan Hines. Prior to his role as Superian in The Tick, Brendan appeared in a number of films and television shows including Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Middleman, Lie To Me and Scandal. In spring 2011, Brendan played Pip and Theo in South Coast Repertory’s production of Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain. This fall, he returns to the stage in Histrionics to play a high school history teacher who makes a series of terrible decisions involving students and firearms. Instead of taking proper action, he makes excuses and mounts a rousing defense of James Buchanan.
The Past In Perspective:
Sixteen years ago, when Michael Patrick Flanagan Smith and Ben Forstenzer first sat down to have a conversation about the possibility of a future project together, they could not imagine the events that would transpire in our country during the coming years. They did not yet have as reference the widespread success of Hamilton, the breadth of the #metoo movement, the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, or the tragedy and impact of the recent LA shootings. These events (among countless others), and the catalytic national shift toward investigating our country’s history which has arisen in response to them, set the stage for several years of dialogue and development that culminated in the production of Histrionics. Their writing has been influenced by the research of many historical experts on the Buchanan presidency, but the world of this play is completely their own.
More about critically acclaimed playwright Michael Patrick Flanagan Smith:
Michael Patrick Flanagan Smith is a writer and musician. Smith has written and produced many plays including Woody Guthrie Dreams and Ain’t No Sin, in which he also acted at Theater for the New City; and Fuck You! Let’s Bake! featuring Duff Goldman which lead to the creation of Food Network’s Ace of Cakes. Smith worked with Robert Anton Wilson (Cosmic Trigger, Illuminatus! Trilogy), adapting and directing Wilhelm Reich in Hell for the Son of Semele Ensemble in Los Angeles in 2004. He wrote Pirates A-Go Go for Baltimore’s Fluid Movement which was performed on the U.S.S. Constellation, the oldest U.S. naval vessel still afloat. Other plays include BOX, Trust the Government, and PIGS!
Smith gigs regularly as a folk musician under the moniker The Good Hand. His album The Great Awaywas recently released on Emperor Records. Currently, Smith is writing a book about his experiences working in the North Dakota oil field during the height of the Bakken oil boom.
More about Brendan Hines:
Brendan Hines is a versatile actor and singer-songwriter. He is currently starring in Amazon’s new superhero comedy The Tick, as ‘Superian’. The reboot is based on Ben Edlund’s comic book of the same name, with season 1 available now on Amazon, and new episodes in the beginning of 2018. He has also appeared in fan-favorite shows including Suits, Scandal, and Lie To Me.
Outside of acting, Brendan focuses on his music career, with his on-screen wit, grit, and wordplay carrying over into his singing and songwriting. He released a new album, QUALMS, in October, offering a lyrically urgent collection of songs written in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. QUALMS is alternately a driving, sardonic rocker; a witty, pop throwback; and a lush, philosophical musing.
November 30 – December 16, 2017
Thursdays – Saturday 8pm; Sundays 3pm
Theater for the New City | 155 First Ave. | New York, NY 10003
Tickets starting at $15 available at www.theaterforthenewcity.net
Discounts for seniors, students, and military families. Contact the Box Office for more details.