By KENNETH LONERGAN
September 13 - October 5
Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday matinee on Sunday, September 22
Tickets $30; $25 for seniors (55 and up) and students
Island ETC (East-End Theatre Company) is pleased to bring to our stage Kenneth Lonergan’s LOBBY HERO. Mr. Lonergan is the screenwriter who wrote/co-wrote Analyze This, Gangs of New York, Margaret, and Manchester By The Sea (Academy Award Winner for Best Original Screenplay). LOBBY HERO first made its debut in 2001 and had a Broadway revival in 2018. A hot-button work ahead of the curve in exploring imbalances of power, LOBBY HERO is even more relevant today as these imbalances have become part of our national conversation in the era of #MeToo, Time’s Up, and Black Lives Matter.
LOBBY HERO will open at Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic in Galveston, on Friday September 13th with performances continuing through Saturday, October 5th. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm. There will be one Sunday matinee at 2:30pm on September 22nd.
LOBBY HERO is set in the lobby of a Manhattan apartment building during a graveyard shift. Jeff, portrayed by Daniel Hicks, is the security guard in the lobby. Jeff is a worn-out, wisecracking slacker who is living with his brother but with lazy ambitions and full of envy of those more successful. His supervisor, William (Alric Davis) is a family man who takes his responsibilities seriously and has no time for those who do not. He is faced with a major dilemma when a family member is arrested. The lobby is very slow during the late evenings, so two beat cops make the building one of their stops. Bill (Ralph Biancalana) is a veteran cop who has his own way of doing things and has no problem bending the rules and Dawn (MaryAnna Nagorski) who is fresh out of the academy. Dawn idolizes Bill (possibly more). She has a difficult time accepting Bill’s activities. LOBBY HERO is a beautifully written comic-drama that explores basically honest characters dealing with sticky moral questions.
**Warning: LOBBY HERO contains profanity and adult content. ETC does not recommend this production for children.
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