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The Portrait, a new play by Sarah Levine Simon

  • Jan 22, 2014 · 8:00 PM
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Featuring our members,  Rutanya Alda(The Deer Hunter w/Robert De Nero, Mommie Dearest w/Faye Dunaway; June Stein(Romance and Cigarettes, Illuminata); Caitlin O'Heaney(Broadway with Katherine Hepburn); James Williams (Hamlet w/Austin Pendleton, As You Like It w/Glenn Close); Roger Simon (Wall Street, the Money Never Sleeps w/Michael Douglas), Jessica Eleanor Grant (As the World Turns).

Our current project, The Portrait, a new comedy by Sarah Levine Simon, was originally read as a radio play on NPR. It has never been staged. The subject portrait of the play hangs in the Jewish Museum and originally belonged to the playwright and her husband. Since the original reading, the playwright has long dreamed to bring it to the stage. Dovetailing with AdLib's mission to support emerging playwrights and new theater plays by contemporary playwrights, our playwright's dream is close to fruition.

Solomon Ezekiel Renard, the subject of the painting, was a member of Peter Stuyvesant's original group in New York City. It is an interesting--and little know fact-- that there was a Jewish population  in New York City this early.  In this play,  Marty Finklestein, an off, off, off, off Broadway director has inherited this portrait by Thomas Sully. A wealthy cousin, Toddy, and his eccentric and pretentious wife, Helen, extend a dinner invitation in which they seek to buy the portrait from their poor “starving artist” relation, Marty.  Toddy also extends the invitation to his conniving brother Henry and Henry's hypochondriac wife Agnes in a plot to obtain their related portrait. Over pate, crepes and antics by the French maid, Honore, high notes from Marty’s opera singer wife, and pretentions about their Jewish roots, a wager is made between the brothers as to who will get Marty’s portrait, and possibly the related portrait of the other brother.

Theater 54 @ Shetler
224 West 54th Street
12th Floor
New York NY 10019

Tickets to this performance ONLY are $10 for Members of this Meetup Group.  Go to to purchase tickets. When purchasing the full price ticket, apply the code: ADLIB to receive the discount when prompted for a code.

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