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Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph

3 December 2012

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy – Jason Newman – B Iden Payne Nomination

Capital T presents

Gruesome Playground Injuries

by Rajiv Joseph

Directed by Kelsey Kling

Scenic Design by Mark Pickell

Costume Design by Glenda Barnes

Sound Design by Jason Newman

Stage Manager – Lucas Loredo

January 25-February 6 2013

Salvage Vanguard Theatre  2803 Manor Rd

“Sex to change the course of the world…” With this line from a personal ad, marine biology grad student Jules lures journalism student Jo to his subterranean lab-turned-apartment, where he studies fish sleep cycles for signs of the apocalypse. And so begins one hell of a blind date, and a hilarious play. Rising American playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb tackles our fascination with myths about the origins (and end!) of life with this clever, sharp-witted doomsday comedy.

In a very different kind of love story an accident prone dare devil and a corrosive masochist navigate friendship, love and the squishy parts that lie in between. As they mature from accident-prone kids to self-destructive adults, their broken hearts and broken bones draw them ever closer. Cap T is proud to present this quirky love story of self inflicted wounds and the healing we need from others.

running time 1 hour 15 minutes

Cast

Kayleen – Laura Artesi

Doug – Jason Newman

“Capital T Theatre may be best known for the impressive lineup of well-produced, well-received contemporary plays they’ve mounted recently. Rajiv Joseph’s 2011 gem of a love story, Gruesome Playground Injuries, is no exception”

– Austin Chronicle

“With its quirky script, impressive performances, and astounding direction, Gruesome Playground Injuries is a triumph. If you’re in the mood for an anti-rom-com, this is a must see.”

– Austin Broadway World

“Kelsey Kling makes a distinguished directorial debut with Rajiv Joseph’s gem of a love story”

– Austin Chronicle

“Jason Newman and Laura Artesi perfectly embody accident-prone childhood friends Doug and Kayleen; their chemistry is exhilarating and their timing impeccable.”

– Austin Chronicle

“With its quirky script, impressive performances, and astounding direction, Gruesome Playground Injuries is a triumph. If you’re in the mood for an anti-rom-com, this is a must see.”

– Austin Broadway World

“Jason Newman demonstrates greater range and inventiveness in this piece than other recent roles have afforded him.  Doug is bravely stoic about physical pain but at the same time he’s consumed by inner pain. Newman shows this with a combination of intensity and restraint that’s deeply affecting.”

– Austin Live Theatre

“Newcomer Laura Artesi is by turns gawky and beautiful, making Kayleen conflicted, self-absorbed and ultimately unapproachable, a baffled survivor.”

– Austin Live Theatre

“Highly entertaining and engrossing”

– Austin Broadway World

 

About the Playwright

Rajiv Joesph – Playwright

Broadway: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama, and also awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts. Joseph’s New York productions include Gruesome Playground Injuries, Second Stage Theatre, 2011; Animals Out of Paper, Second Stage Theatre, summer 2008; The Leopard and the Fox (adaptation), Alter Ego, fall 2007; Huck & Holden, Cherry Lane Theatre, 2006; All This Intimacy, Second Stage Theatre, 2006. World premieres of new plays this year, include The North Pool at Theatre Works in Palo Alto; The Lake Effect at Crossroads Theatre in New Jersey; and The Medusa Body at the Alley Theatre. He received his BA in Creative Writing from Miami University and his MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal.