A new play byEric Bogosian
DirectorRobert Falls

Newhouse Theater

subUrbia is a darkly funny and sometimes shocking play by a talented iconoclast. This raw and riveting vision of modern life outside of America's cities is uniquely that of Eric Bogosian. A product of both the wild experimental theater scene of the late 1970s and a childhood he describes as "conservative, churchgoing, first-generation Armenian," Bogosian evolved into a savage observer of human nature and social culture. His plays entertain, energize and ignite audiences with their explicit languge and strong opinions. He drew acclaim for his one-man shows such as Fun House, Drinking in America and Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, as well as ensemble works—most notably Talk Radio, which he adapted as a film directed by Oliver Stone. subUrbia is set in the present in a suburban everytown called Burnfield ("somewhere in the northeast of America"), the play presents one night in the life of a group of white, middle-class twenty-somethings. They are a few years out of high school, world-weary, full of aimless anger, and looking for escape. They spend this night, like most nights, hanging out in front of the local 7-Eleven, eating pizza, drinking beer and listening to music. Their stagnant world is shaken when a friend returns home after touring for the last year with a rock band. Their reunion is a catalyst. By the next morning their lives are forever changed.