The Brick Theater, Brooklyn, New York, 2016
In The Golfer, Flynn is an office worker whose one escape from the drudgery and pettiness of his office is a weekly round of golf. A lightning strike on the first tee, though, thrusts him into a strange alternate world, and onto an antic trek to escape its surreal clutches. As Flynn bounces from one peculiar encounter to the next, he meets odd people from his past, as well as such characters as Charlemagne, the Wife of Bath, the Tooth Fairy, the strange Posh Trio, and a Choir of the Eels, among many others. With 62 characters and 51 scenes, The Golfer is a fast-paced comic jaunt.
The Golfer‘s premiere production won five 2016 Innovative Theater Awards:
Outstanding Ensemble: Fred Backus, Broderick Ballantyne, Rebecca Gray Davis, Lex Friedman, Ian W. Hill, Bob Laine, Matthew Napoli, Timothy McCown Reynolds, Alyssa Simon, Anna Stefanic
Outstanding Lead Actor: Fred Backus
Outstanding Supporting Actor: Timothy McCown Reynolds
Outstanding Innovative Design: Berit Johnson
Outstanding Costume Design: Kaitlyn Day
It also received two additional 2016 nominations:
Outstanding Sound Design: Ian W. Hill
Outstanding Original Music: Anna Stefanic
“A gleefully out-there dark comedy.” — Time Out New York
Critic’s Pick — Time Out New York
“A very funny writer.” — The Village Voice, on The Golfer
Cast: Ten actors, gender flexible.
Running time: 75 to 80 minutes.
Photo: Timothy McCown Reynolds, Alyssa Simon, Broderick Merritt Ballantyne, and Bob Laine, as directed by Ian W. Hill. Costumes: Kaitlyn Day. Photo by Ian W. Hill.