Flint Youth Theatre’s staged reading of Becky Shaw will be performed Sunday, June 5 at 6:00 P.M. Written by Obie Award-Winner, Gina Gionfriddo, Becky Shaw is a comedy of bad manners and a tangled tale of love, sex and ethics. This play is a special event staged reading in FYT’s 2010-2011 Off the Press Series and will be performed at Flint Youth Theatre, 1220 East Kearsley Street. The $5.00 admission includes the staged reading, a talk-back with the performers and refreshments. Tickets are available at FYT by calling 810-237-1530 or at the door beginning one hour before the performance. More information is available at FlintYouthTheatre.org.

A newlywed couple fixes up two romantically challenged friends: Wife’s best friend, meet husband’s sexy and strange new co-worker. When an evening calculated to bring happiness takes a dark turn, crisis and comedy ensue. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and a smash hit when it premiered Off-Broadway, this wickedly funny new play asks what we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep. The New York Times review reads, “Gina Gionfriddo’s comedy of bad manners is as engrossing as it is ferociously funny . . . deftly plotted, scabrous and sharp-witted.” Entertainment Weekly adds, “The characters in Gionfriddo’s blind-date-gone-bad black comedy share the potential to revolt . . . They’re also subversively funny—and improbably charming. Grade: A.”

“I’m looking forward to hearing how audiences react to the play’s complex, witty and morally ambiguous characters,” commented FYT Associate Artistic Director, Walter Hill who is also the programming director for the Off the Press Series. Hill added, “Is Becky lonely and vulnerable or a dangerous manipulator? Is Max bracingly honest or viciously cruel? Is Andrew supportive and sympathetic or a wimp? Who thinks what and why should make for lively discussion after the play, both in the theater and in the car on the way home.”

The Off the Press Series includes some of the latest plays from Broadway, Off-Broadway and the American Regional Theatre. Readings in the series are recommended for adults and older teens.

For more information about Flint Youth Theatre or to purchase tickets to Becky Shaw, call 810-237-1530.

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