Now playing at Theatre Horizon in Norristown, A New Brain is an autobiographical musical comedy written by Tony Award winners William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and James Lapine (Into the Woods) that explores one man’s response to a life-threatening medical diagnosis. The 1998 play based on Finn’s own experience of finding out that he had a potentially deadly “arteriovenous malformation” – a tangle of blood vessels – in his brain, and having little choice but to go through a risky neurosurgery to save his life.
Becky Mode’s Fully Committed – now playing at Theatre Horizon in Norristown – is a one-person show with nearly 40 separate roles. It’s a true tour de farce. Our reviewer Wendy Rosenfield said it was a great reason to stay in Philly to see the show rather than travel the New Jersey Turnpike up to New York to see it. Michael Doherty is, by all reports, hilarious in the athletic role of Sam the chef and 36 others. Here is a clip from the show, provided courtesy of Theatre Horizon:
The Philadelphia Inquirer says our “one-man show hits the spot”, calling it “plenty funny” and “fun to watch”! Click on the image below for the whole article.
After the actors take their curtain call, we encourage you to tour the Imagine No Homelessness art installation in the lobby, pick up a snack at the concession stand, and join us back onstage for a post-show dialogue, held after every performance.
Local thought leaders will join with our actors and audience to explore the play’s themes together, and discuss steps we can take as a community to end homelessness.
Below is the schedule:
04/16/15 – Kristen Fisher, Community Relation Mangers, Your Way Home
04/17/15 – Wendy Voet, Executive Director, Women’s Way & Pat Augustus Gilbert, Independent Consultant
04/18/15 – Patrick Druhanm Director of Food Resources & Nutrition, Montgomery Co. Community Action Development Commission (CADCOM)
04/19/15 – Curtis Watkins, Social Services Chief Montgomery County
04/22/15 – Jenny Boyer, Senior Director of Housing and Operations, Laurel House & Elena Baker, CADCOM Housing
04/23/15 – Margarita McKissick, Program Diector, CERT (CADCOM Employment Readingness & Training) and Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh
04/24/15 – Mydera, Spoken Word Artist & Marie Wenzel, Emergency Housing Director, Salvation Army Norristown
04/25/15 – Virginia Kirk, Norristown Housing Resource Center Supervisor & Alternative Response Specialist Carson Valley Children’s Aid
04/26/15 – Sue Shannon, Operations Manager, Hopeworx & Cyril Burke, Director of Micro-Enterprise Resource Center, CADCOM
04/30/15 – Connie Whitson, Executive Director, Montgomery County Office of Child Day Care(Retired) & Viviann Schorle, Community mobilizer for Norristown Area Communities That Care (CTC)
05/02/15 – Donna Windle, CHOC Assistant Director
05/03/15, 2:00PM – Heather Lewis, Director of Resource Development, CADCOM
05/03/15, 7:30PM – Elizabeth Fetter, Director, Critical Time Intervention
05/04/15 – Herbert Morris, Director of Fatherhood Initiatives, CADCOM & Genny O’Donnell, CHOC Director
05/07/15 – Adrienne Aiken, Deputy Director of CADCOM
05/08/15 – Kenneth Haubert, Director of Asset Development, CADCOM
05/09/15, 2:00 PM – Turea Hutson, Community Connections Manager, Montgomery County PA
We are currently running a drive to collect toiletries for Norristown Hospitality Center and Laurel House. If you want to get started with your own drive or would simply like to donate some toiletries, we are looking for sealed, unopened items such as:
- African-American hair care products
- Liquid soap (body wash and hand soap)
- Toilet paper
Norristown Hospitality Center
- Travel size soap
- Travel size shampoo and conditioner
- Travel size lotion
- Travel size toothpaste
- Disposable razors
- Shaving cream
Contact Rebecca@TheatreHorizon.org to organize a drive and drop-off. Whether you can make a contribution big or small, your donations will go to people who really need them. Thanks!
A big thanks to organizations who have already donated:
Jackie McAllister and the King of Prussia Ski Club