FIRST DAY OFF IN A LONG TIME in NYC
One night only Wednesday, March 30 @ 8:00pm
UCB Theatre NY
307 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10001
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WHAT IS FIRST DAY OFF IN A LONG TIME?
FDO is a comedy solo show. About suicide. It’s written and performed by Brian Finkelstein and directed by Adam Swartz.. It tells the true story of the four years that Brian volunteered at a suicide hotline. The show starts with the training class run by Glen (the ex-hippie-turned-drill sergeant), and goes to Finkelstein’s own failed suicide attempt that ends with him throwing-up on his suicide gun, and finally the day his ex-girl friend called him up—He wrongly thought to get back together—only to let him know that the police had just found the body of one of his heroes, Spalding Gray. But mostly, the show is about one specific call from a 19 year-old college student named Amy. A call that changed Brian’s life.
BUT UM… IT’S A COMEDY?
Yes, it’s funny and has mainly played in comedy venues. BUT the show is also an honest look at depression and suicide and can get very heavy at times. The same way things like ‘Sideways’, ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ can be dark and funny at the same time.
WAIT, DID YOU JUST COMPARE FINKELSTEIN TO ALEXANDER PAYNE, JENJI KOHAN, & KURT VONNEGUT?
HAS IT BEEN PERFORMED ALREADY?
Yes it ran at the Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Theatres in NY and LA , was selected for the HBO/US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and was the hit of the 2014 Perth (Australia) and Wellington (New Zealand) Fringe festivals. A shorter version of the story was also told as part of The Moth storytelling series. That version is called ‘Perfect Moments,’ and was first told at UCLA’s Royce Hall in 2012. Since then it has been broadcast a bunch of times on the Moth Radio Hour (nationally syndicated NPR show) and even selected to be used in the Moth’s first ever book, ‘The Moth: 50 True Stories.’