Next Door at NYTW provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. Meeting the artists where they are in their process, this initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the newly renovated Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series will serve nearly 100 additional artists in the first year alone.
DINNER WITH GEORGETTE begins as a farce, and evolves into a fantasia, on the subject of the closet.
Balti and Jaker begin the play as two gay 20-year-olds enjoying the romantic and sexual possibilities on their contemporary college campus. But when Jaker asks Balti to pretend to be straight for the duration of Jaker's Grandmother's visit to the campus, a chasm opens in the friends' consciousness, and Balti finds himself traveling back in time, with the help of a Cherub from the wrong side of the tracks.
As Balti sorts through the national history that binds him to Grandma's homophobia, he meets a yarn-spinning rattlesnake, a Korean-American war child, and the founders of the first gay bar in Las Vegas Nevada. When he attempts to return to the comforts of modern-day gay life, he finds that time works differently inside the closet than outside, and his old love with Jaker may be irretrievable. Worse, his new friend the Cherub may be on the brink of death, due to human pollution of the time-stream.
Rick Burkhardt is an Obie-award-winning playwright, composer, director and performer whose original music theater pieces have been performed in over 40 US cities, as well as in Australia, Europe, Taiwan, Canada and Mexico. He studied Music Composition (PhD 2006) at the University of California, San Diego and playwriting (MFA 2016) at Brown University with Erik Ehn. His plays, including Three Pianos, Conversation Storm, Storm Still and The Climb Up Mount Chimborazo, have been produced by organizations such as New York Theatre Workshop, the American Repertory Theater, P. S. 122, LaMama NYC and River-to-River NYC, as well as numerous US and international festivals, and published by New York Theater Experience. As a songwriter he has shared stages with artists such as Pete Seeger, the Indigo Girls, Holly Near and Utah Phillips, and his original songs have been featured on radio programs like NPR’s “Morning Edition” and Pacifica’s “Democracy Now.” As playwright and composer, he has collaborated with theater-makers including Lisa D’Amour, Anne Washburn, Erin Courtney, Kristin Kosmas, Dave Malloy, Sylvan Oswald and Rachel Chavkin. In addition to workshops across the US and in Europe, he has taught full courses in playwriting at Brown University, in music composition at Harvard University and in experimental music theater at The Evergreen State College.
Ellie Heyman is a New York based director and the Director in Residence at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. Recent credits include: Jason Craig & Dave Malloy’s Beardo (Drama Desk Award Nomination; Pipeline Theater), Erin Markey’s Boner Killer (Under the Radar/The Public Theater), Becca Blackwell ‘s They, Themself and Schmerm (Under the Radar/The Public Theater); Adrienne Truscott’s THIS (Bessie Award Nomination for Outstanding Production; NYLA) and The Traveling Imaginary, an internationally touring theatrical rock show with Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) rated “Top 5 shows of the year” by NPR. Many of these shows are touring throughout 2017-2019. International credits include: Elevation 506 in Bulgaria with Yasen Vasilev and Home/Yuva in Istanbul with Sami Berat Marcali. Her narrative podcast, The Orbiting Human Circus (Of the Air) (Night Vale Presents) was rated #1 on Apple Podcasts and downloaded over 4 million times. Upcoming projects include Dane Terry’s Boomtown (PS122/COIL), Fusiform Gyrus (Talking Band) and new fiction podcasts with Night Vale Presents. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Boston University, a Drama League Alumni and a Time Warner Directing Fellow at the WP Theater. ellieheyman.com.