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Southeastern premiere of new gay play, 'MilkMilkLemonade,' May 27 at Empire Stage

News release from Thinking Cap Productions:

Laugh ‘til You Make Lemonade at the Southeastern Premiere of MilkMilkLemonade at Empire Stage

Empire Stage in association with Thinking Cap Productions proudly presents the Southeastern premiere of MilkMilkLemonade, from May 27 to June 27, 2010. This critically acclaimed new play by Brooklyn-based playwright Joshua Conkel premiered last fall at UNDER St. Marks and was named 2009 Best Off Off Broadway Show by New York Press. It is published in the anthology Plays and Playwrights 2010 and also by Playscripts, Inc.

WARNING: The play contains adult content and partial male nudity.

In this hilarious satiric comedy, adults playfully and poignantly occupy a child’s world. Set on a chicken farm in America’s heartland, the play examines with measured shrewdness and tenderness, the growing pains of adolescence compounded by societal and familial prejudices against growing up gay. Emory, an effeminate 5th grader with urban dreams inspired by the likes of Hair and Boys in the Band, struggles to find personal- and social-acceptance in the face of Nanna, his provincial-minded, disapproving grandmother, and Elliot, a bully classmate fighting his own suppressed desires. Thanks to the play’s razor-sharp, richly allusive writing and a whimsical narrator who guides the audience and doubles as Elliot’s evil twin and a spider named Rochelle, nothing is lost in translation in this sidesplitting journey, not even the thoughts of Linda, a depressed chicken, aspiring comedian, and Emory’s best friend.

MilkMilkLemonade… feels like something Edward Albee might have written for a pair of 10-year old protagonists.”

- Martin Denton, nytheater.com

“…what elevates MilkMilkLemonade is playwright Joshua Conkel’s eye for the telling detail and pitch-perfect ear for one-liners; I could fill an entire review just quoting my favorite lines.”

- Mark Peikert, New York Press

While Conkel’s plays have been performed all over the United States, this production of MilkMilkLemonade will mark Florida audiences’ first encounter with his work, so you don’t want to miss it. Conkel counts among his influences Craig Lucas, who was an early mentor of Conkel’s work, Charles Ludlam, Nicky Silver, Charles Busch, and Christopher Durang as well as filmmakers John Waters and Todd Solondz. Other plays by Conkel include The Chalk Boy, I Wanna Destroy You, The Sluts of Sutton Drive and countless shorts, of which he is an enthusiastic and prolific writer. Conkel is currently the Artistic Director of The Management, a theater company in New York's East Village, and a member of Youngblood, Ensemble Studio Theatre's collective of playwrights under thirty.

May 27 - June 27, 2010

(Press Opening - Saturday, May 29)

Performances Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 5 pm.

Ticket information:

Previews: $20, Thursday, May 27 and Friday, May 28

Regular Performances: $25

Student Rush tickets available for students with valid I.D., $18 at door (cash only) and subject to availability.

Location: Empire Stage is located at 1140 N. Flagler Dr., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304

Tickets: call (954) 678-1496 or visit http://empirestage.com

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