OLD LOVE/NEW LOVE
WHEN: Monday, January 9, 2012, at 7:30 PM
A mother and daughter navigate the choppy waters of infidelity under very different circumstances. Gloria’s husband has fallen for another Alzheimer’s patient at the facility where he lives, while Michelle’s husband has no medical excuse for his transgressions. A play about what we can’t remember and what we can forgive, Old Love/New Love wonders if old love can survive these new twists.
Laura Brienza is a New York City-based playwright and screenwriter. Her play Scared of Sarah was featured in this summer’s New York International Fringe Festival, where it was hailed as “compelling and heartfelt” by nytheatre.com and “fascinating” by the New York Theater Review. Endorsed by the National Autism Association, the play is published by Indie Theatre Now, and has been adapted for the screen.
Brienza’s other plays include War Zones, which played the Capital and New York City fringe festivals in 2010. Investigating male eating disorders and the spectrum of masculinity in the US, War Zones was called “piercing and poetic” by Talkin’ Broadway and “the perfect FringeNYC offering” by nytheatre.com. Brienza’s play Bacha Posh, a new musical exploring the high-stakes world of cross-dressing in Afghanistan, is being developed by the Lark Play Development Center.
Brienza’s work has also been developed by the Naked Angels and the Kennedy Center. Her work as a poet has been featured in print and in 2009 she received the Ora Mary Phelam Poetry Prize. On Brienza, nytheatre.com said, “ “Laura Brienza has vision, talent, a unique point of view, and an exciting dynamic voice. She’s also got a playwright’s ability to make her audience think, without preaching at them. She’s a real find.” http://www.indietheaternow.com/Playwright/Playwright/LauraBrienza