This month marks the twentieth anniversary of Eric Bogosian's off-Broadway triumph subUrbia which opened at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre in 1994. The play focuses on one night in the life of a group of suburban twenty-somethings, documenting their desperation, restlessness and reckless boredom. Bravely minimal in subject matter, the show breaks from narrative tradition by focusing on momentum. For his ingenuity and dedication to young voice, we're making Eric Bogosian the Playwright of the Day.
It is safe to assume that Bogosian is best known for subUrbia because of its 1996 film adaptation and its celebrity remount in 2006 (Second City Stage). Additionally, and perhaps more severely received, Pulitzer Prize nominated Talk Radio appeared on Broadway in 2007 and Bogosian's solo shows (Among many: Notes From the Underground (1993); Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll (1990)) have been mounted and remounted by actors across the continent. Bogosian has also had an on-screen presence from the early eighties and has written three novels, Mall (2000), Wasted Beauty (2005) and Perforated Heart (2009), each of which are said to include his hallmark dark, direct and comical desperate characters.
Bogosian's gift for monologue and his dedication to young voice and subject matter, are gifts to the theatre world. Plays that resonate with young audiences remain initiatory and welcoming to a demographic often left out of what we do.
If you like Bogosian's fresh, honest, raw writing, and stellar solo shows check out playwright friends of Newborn Theatre: Geoffery Simon Brown, John Lalchlan Stewart, Catherine Weingarten and Basil Andrews.