Playwright’s Name: Anghus Houvouras
Tell us about your latest project:
Dine and Dash is a dark comedy about a blind date that takes some sinister twists and turns. She wants to get into his head. He wants to get up her skirt. By the end of the night, only one of them will survive.
What excites you about being a part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival?
The chance to come to New York and for one night be a part of the theater scene. To be part of that electric current that runs through the city every night is something I always wanted to do. I’m a huge fan of the theater and comedy scene of NYC. It’s where the best work is being done. Razor sharp writing and seasoned performers entertaining audiences seven nights a week. Every time I visit NYC I walk the streets and think about the history there. The vaudeville shows of the 20s and 30s. The dynamic Broadway shows of the golden age. Cutting edge stuff like National Lampoon’s Lemmings in the 1970s. The comedy club stand ups of the 1980s. Being able to stage a show as part of this year’s DUAF has put a big grin on my ridiculous mug.
What’s your upcoming project after the Festival?
I’m working on a new play called A Civilized World which tells the story of a dystopian future where the unproductive of society are sentenced to death. The play chronicles one of the victims as they are processed through a final interview before their execution. There’s some twists and turns as we learn about what happens to the condemned as well as the faltering beliefs of the bureaucrat tasked with conducting the final interview.
Thursday, March 31 at 7pm
HERE (145 Sixth Avenue – enter on Dominick Street)
Tickets are $18 at www.here.org or by calling 212-352-3101