‘Brooklyn Boy’ opens at Rockford’s Artists’ Ensemble Theater March 15

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Eric Weiss has finally hit the big time. His latest novel is a best-seller and tomorrow he flies to Hollywood to discuss his movie deal. Just when everything is finally going right, everything seems to go wrong. Brooklyn Boy, which opens March 15 at Artists’ Ensemble Theater, has been called playwright Donald Margulies’ funniest, most personal and heartfelt play.

At the height of Eric’s success, his personal life is crumbling. Trying to figure out what happened leads Eric back to a place he thought he was through with forever — back to Brooklyn.

Chicago actors Alan Ball and Malcolm Rothman play Eric Weiss and his father, Manny Weiss. Ensemble members Katie Maringer and Patti Armato Lund play Eric’s wife, Nina, and Melanie, a high-powered Hollywood producer. Jamie Button plays Ira, a childhood friend. Rounding out the cast are David Jacobs as a young actor and Katy Jenkins as a grad student who is a fan of Eric’s writing.

Brooklyn Boy performs March 15-30 in the Cheek Theatre at Rockford College. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Thursday tickets are $19. All other performances are $28, $26 for seniors and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at www.artistsensemble.org or by calling (815) 394-5004.

Artists’ Ensemble is an Equity professional theater performing in residence at Rockford College.

Posted March 13, 2013

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