Twenty years before receiving his first Broadway production, Nicky Silver scorched onto the New York scene with Pterodactyls, a blazingly prophetic play that seems more urgent by the day. This viciously hilarious yet humane story about the rotting core of the American family suggests that our extinction is beginning not with an asteroid or an ice age, but rather with a severed connection to the ones closest to us.
When a young man returns home with a diagnosis of AIDS, we expect mother, father, and sister to rush to his side. However, the entire Duncan family is too absorbed in its own individual miseries (Hypochondria! Marriage! Nostalgia! Hors d’oeuvres!) to care much about a close-to-home case of a pandemic illness. Unable to communicate about a single thing, the Duncans start to disintegrate, and the audience begins to see that their son’s diagnosis is actually the least of their worries.
This summer, Pterodactyls is returning to the New York stage for a long overdue revival. Directed by Stephen Kaliski and starring Lori Kee, Maggie Low, Jeremiah Maestas, Dennis Gagomiros and Roger Manix, this hard-hitting production brings vibrant new life to an early masterpiece of one of America’s most uncompromising voices. Transcending the categorizations of “AIDS play” or “LGBT-themed drama,” Pterodactyls is a desperate journey to the real source of our problems, the loss of the American family.
Pterodactyls features set design by Peri Grabin Leong, lighting design Jessica Greenberg, costume design by Marisa Kaugars and sound design by Adam Salberg.
at Teatro Circulo
64 East 4th Street
Performances July 17 – August 3, 2014
Monday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased online at: http://www.ptero-play.com/tickets.html
Ticket Info: $15 students (with valid ID) and seniors; $18 general admission