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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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FDO POSTER 2016 NYC

And we would love to come to your school or theater.

For booking info please contact:

JB Roberts
At Thruline Entertainment
310.595.1500
Jb@thrulinela.com

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?

No. Relax.

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.’

 

7 thoughts on “NEWS”

  1. I’ve listened to your single about Amy 300 times on the last 3 years because it’s Real .

    Thank you for your Honesty

    Thank you for Caring!!!

    Me
    Atascadero Ca

  2. Dear Mr. Finkelstein:

    It’s Saturday August 15, 2015, and I just finished listening to your story “Perfect Moments” on my local NPR station. I would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to your telling of this story, but that it also moved me. By the time the story ended, the tears that had begun welling up in my eyes within the final two minutes had streamed out. Here I was in my bedroom, lazily relaxing in my cool (as in, fresh) apartment, skim-reading through a book my wife had borrowed from the library on the different pioneer trails of the 1800s, and partially listening to you begin your story. As the story progressed, however, my ears more and more tuned in. Though I continued scanning my book, I would chuckle or laugh and smile at some parts as you related it, but finally, I just put the book down and paid better attention. Then you reached the end of the story; I reached for a tissue.
    Not only did this story move me, but it also made me think. Thank you for reminding us, and me, that, though our lives may pass through–or even be filled with–many unpleasant times and circumstances, there are still those indeed perfect moments we all experience; though they be short-lived moments, it’s okay, they still count. I wish young Amy would have known that too.
    Thank you!

    I’m 53, also originally from Queens (Astoria), but I currently reside in Houston.

  3. Listened to your story today on NPR and was very moved. I laughed, I cried, I related–I thankfully stayed on the road.
    What a great human being you are–thank you for sharing your story.

  4. Hi Brian, I heard your story on npr today and it really touched me. I broke down in tears at the end of your story. Thank you for your wonderful volunteer work at the suicide hotline.

  5. It’s Sunday, I’m listening to the Moth Radio Hour. Driving home from work at the Suicide Prevention Center and they preview a reading about a Suicide Prevention Center volunteer.
    I have heard stand-up comedians talk about calling the Suicide Prevention Center and being put on hold, and becoming suicidal because of the terrible music on the hold path. And I figure it would not hurt to hear that this guy has to say.
    Right away from the language he uses, I can tell he really was on the crisis line. He knows what they do in training, he knows the language and the questions we ask. He’s been there.
    And I am enjoying his story, parts of it made me smile, and then he starts talking about the girl, and it’s good, but then it isn’t. And I get this heavy feeling in the pit of my stomach and I sit in my car, saying No, No, Please No.
    And then I am sitting at a stop sign crying.
    Because that is our biggest fear.
    Thank you for sharing.

  6. Hi, I just wanted to say that I caught the end of your presentation on the radio while driving in Salt Lake City. I have to say that at first I was confused about the topic, just tuning in and all. I thought that this can’t be about what I think it’s about, as no one talks about suicide in a humourous manner. Well, it was and I was hooked into listening to it all. A couple of things really struck a cord with me, the four questions about suicide and that there are moments of greatness filled in between moments of utter crap. I’ve recently had a very crappy six months, including losing a baby and losing my best friend. Suicide has crossed my mind but I don’t think that I would ever go to that option because of the great moments in between. I wish you success on your tour and I think it’s a vital topic to get to teens especially. Good luck and all the best!
    Danielle

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