THIS BEAUTIFUL FUTURE (U.S. Premiere)
A Play by Rita Kalnejais
Directed by Jack Serio
Featuring Francesca Carpanini and Justin Mark with Austin Pendleton and Angelina Fiordellisi
January 13th – 30th, 2022
Tickets $25 HERE
Caught in the middle of a war, two teenagers take shelter from a divided world. Elodie is French and 17. Otto, a German soldier, is 15. Safe from the debris outside, they meet secretly for one night. They talk, tease, and touch. They fall in love and fall through time. Kalnejais’ kaleidoscopic play is a story of uncomplicated first love in a very complicated world. It seeks out tenderness amidst tragedy. Hope in the hopeless.
Rita Kalnejais is an Australian writer based in London. Her work has been performed extensively in Australia and the UK, and she was a resident playwright at Sydney Theatre Company in 2011/12, as well as at Soho Theatre in 2014/15. Theatre includes: This Beautiful Future (Yard Theatre); First Love Is The Revolution (Soho Theatre); Babyteeth (Belvoir Theatre and State Theatre Company of South Australia); How to Get Very Clean (Sydney Theatre); Whistling In Bed (Sydney Theatre Company and Theatre 503) and BC (Full Tilt and The Hayloft). TV includes: The Spanish Princess. Film includes: Surge and Babyteeth.
Jack Serio (Director) is a Brooklyn-based theatre director. Recent credits include the world premieres of The Dark Outside (Theater for the New City) and happy & grateful (Ars Nova). Other directing credits include Our Town, The Woods Decay, Kin, Incognito, Bull, and Lungs. Born and raised in Boston, MA, he was the founding Artistic Director of The Boston Teen Acting Troupe, a nationally recognized professional teen theatre company. His leadership of BTAT was profiled in The New York Times, on National Public Radio, and in The Boston Globe. As an assistant director, he’s worked with Austin Pendleton, Jason Eagan, Rory McGregor, Knud Adams, Lee Sunday Evans, and Alex Timbers among others. He is the Development Associate for Aasif Mandvi’s Fat Mama Productions, a member of the 2019 Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the 2019-2021 SDC Foundation Observership Class. Next, he’ll serve as the assistant director on the Broadway production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Between Riverside and Crazy. BFA: NYU. www.jackfserio.com
Scenic Design: Frank J. Oliva
Lighting Design: Stacey Derosier
Costume Design: Ricky Reynoso
Sound Design: Christopher Darbassie
Projection Designer: Lacey Erb
Music Director: Emily Erickson
Production Stage Manager: Kerry Concannon
Produced in association with Lawryn LaCroix
COVID 19: Boosters and KN95 masks are required to enter the venue. Masks will be also available at the door. Space capacity has been restricted to 45 seats. The safety of our audience and artist is a priority. Thank you for helping us keep Theaterlab a safe space for everyone.