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The Brutes
One family’s political drama becomes a bloody national tragedy.

By Casey Wimpee
Directed by Sara Fellini
Presented by spit&vigor
Benefitting Southern Poverty Law Center

Wednesday 7/18 @7:30pm-9pm
Saturday 7/21 @4:30pm-6pm
Thursday 7/26 @6:15pm-7:45pm
Sunday 7/29 @9pm-10:30pm
Monday 7/30 @7:30pm-9pm
Wednesday 8/1 @9:30pm-11pm

 

Read the press release for THE BRUTES on Broadway World.

The Brutes, by Casey Wimpee, is a portrait of the tempestuous relationship of the Booth family, one that is all too familiar to many Americans today. John Wilkes Booth, a loyal Confederate, is joining his Union family in New York City in November 1864, on the Thanksgiving before the one and only performance in which the three brothers (Edwin, Junius Jr. and John Wilkes Booth) ever shared a professional stage, and before John Wilkes was permanently etched into history as the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. Beliefs are challenged, histories intertwine, and deep family ties are strained and broken. Though set in 1864, the story could be set in our current time, in terms of civil strife, families torn over issues, and a country sharply divided.


CREATIVE TEAM

Casey Wimpee is a Brooklyn-based fiction writer from Dallas, Texas, and co-founder / resident playwright of the Aztec Economy. His full length plays include LAVAMAN (Ice Factory 2009, Ohio Theatre, NYC), NATIONAL DIET OF JAPAN (P.S. 122, NYC), PONTIAC FIREBIRD VARIATIONS (Ice Factory 2011, Ohio Interrupted @ 3LD, NYC, Museum of Human Achievement @ Austin TX) THE BRUTES (a staged reading a the New Ohio), COLOR TVS EN TIJUANA (Brooklyn Fireproof Workshop production), KILL DEVIL HILLS (Collaboraction/Chicago), BUTCHER HOLLER HERE WE COME (NYC, TX, Florida, Maryland, New Orleans) and numerous short plays. His short play ARMS & THE OCTOPUS (Ohio / Galapagos, NY), was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre award. He has had numerous short and full-length plays produced nationally by Ad Hoc Beaumont and Theatre Synesthesia in Austin, TX. Notable short plays include: KANSAS CITY BOOK OF THE DEAD, TAKE OUT CHINESE, HOT DAM, THE QUEEN IS DEAD, AMPHIBIANS, PSYCHOJELLY, BRING ME THE HEAD OF JOHN FORD, ANTIGONE WITH THE WIND, MY KIND OF BLOOD, MORE SONGS FROM THE NEOFASCISTS…, CONSTELLATION GOLF or THE MAP IS NOT THE TERRITORY, ADVENTURES IN THE OK SKIN TRADE.

Sara Fellini (Artistic Director, spit&vigor) is an award-winning playwright, actress, and skilled artisan whose work has been featured at The Davenport Theater, The Players Theatre, Paradise Factory, IRT Theater, and various other locations in NYC. Her play HAZARD A LITTLE DEATH was nominated for six awards at the 2014 Planet Connections Theater Festivity including Best Production of a New Play and Best Lead Actress (Sara Fellini), and won Best New Script. She performed as Nannerl in the monodrama THE OTHER MOZART written by Sylvia Milo at the Players Theater in New York City and toured the production through the Southern US (*winning Cat5 magazine’s Best Theater Production of 2015), and created the role of Maeve Shourd in a site-specific production of IN VESTMENTS, a play of her own writing (*winner of two NYIT awards, nominated for Outstanding New Full-Length Script, earning her theater company the prestigious Donn Russell grant, and acclaimed by the NY Times as “wrenching and visually eloquent”. This past July she appearing as the titular character in another play of her own writing, THE EXECUTION of MRS. COTTON (called “humorous” and”deliciously ghoulish” by the NY Times) at IRT Theater as part of their 3B Residency. She played Mary Shelley in MARY’S LITTLE MONSTER by Thomas Kee at the Mudlark Public Theater in New Orleans and then brought the role to the Davenport Theatre in NYC as part of the Davenport space grant. Most recently, she performed as Artemisia Gentileschi in her play NEC METU at The Tank as part of their DarkFest, the mudlark public theatre in New Orleans, and at Theater Row as part of the United Solo Festival. Another one of her plays in the same series, NEC SPE, was also performed as part of the United Solo Festival. She reprised the role in a combined version of the two plays called MOTH&FLAME at The Glitterbox Theater in Pittsburgh, PA and will be bringing the new version to NYC in April. She is the Artistic Director of the theater company spit&vigor and designs costumes and props for various theater companies in and around NYC.

Adam Belvo (Executive Director, spit&vigor) is a Brooklyn-based actor and theater producer. Recent New York acting work includes Caravaggio in the earlier incarnation of Moth&Flame, NEC SPE/NEC METU (DarkFest 2017, United Solo Festival 2017, 2017 InFringe Festival, New Orleans) John Polidori in Mary’s Little Monster, Azra Todd in The Execution of Mrs. Cotton, Danny in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Father Nathan Shourd in the NYIT Award-winning INVESTMENTS, K.Bus and Muskie in Aztec Economy’s Butcher Holler Here We Come! (NYIT 2016 Outstanding Lead Actor nominee), Jack in Over, Georges in Hazard a Little Death (Planet Connections Festival 2014: Best Actor Award Winner), Jaques in As You Like It, El Spectra in Color TVs In Tijuana, Ryszard in Pontiac Firebird Variations (Ice Factory 2011) and Vanya in Uncle Vanya. Regionally, Adam has toured and performed as K.Bus in Butcher Holler Here We Come (Cincinnati Fringe Festival 2013, New Orleans Fringe Festival 2013, Out-of-the-Loop Festival 2014-Dallas, Revolutions 2016-Albuquerque, NM), he has worked with MTB productions to produce and star in HELPLESS DOORKNOBS (New Orleans Fringe 2012) and as The Stranger in My Aim Is True (New Orleans Fringe 2011). He is Executive Producer of the Brooklyn based theater company spit&vigor (www.spitnvigor.com), which has produced 4 major plays in the past two years; Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, The Execution of Mrs. Cotton, Mary’s Little Monster, and NEC SPE/NEC METU. He was a collaborating member of Working Man’s Clothes Productions and Aztec Economy, and his work has been showcased at The Tank, 3LD, The Ohio Theater, The Davenport Theater, West Park Presbyterian Church, The Abingdon Theater (Dorothy Strelsin and the June Havoc,) American Place Theater, Under St. Marks, and IRT Theater, among others.


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