By Kenneth Jones
20 Dec 2011
Directed by Jonathan Munby for a Jan. 21-Feb. 26, 2012, run, the play is billed this way: “The Recommendation is a bold and candid look at modern friendship from an exciting new theatrical voice. Aaron [played by Todd] is smart, charming and over-privileged. Iskinder, his new college roommate [played by Gill], comes from a middle-class immigrant family and is under-connected. Soon the best of friends, Aaron takes Iskinder under his wing, sharing his world of favors and fortune. But the safe haven of college only lasts so long. After a chance encounter with an accused felon [played by Cole] sets off a chain of events that puts Aaron’s life at risk, the two men are forced to rethink the meaning of friendship.”
The creative team includes Alexander Dodge (scenic design), Linda Cho (costume design), Erick Sundquist (associate costume design), Philip S. Rosenberg (lighting design), Lindsay Jones (original music and sound design) and Diana Moser (stage manager).
Playwright Jonathan Caren is a recent graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School. His plays have been featured at Manhattan Theatre Club (Ernst C. Stiefel 7@7 Reading Series), The Ensemble Studio Theatre (Octoberfest), Ars Nova (OUT LOUD, ANT Fest) as well as the Lark Play Development Center, The Flea Theater, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Elephant Theatre Company and The Old Vic in London.Friends in Transient Places, directed by Evan Cabnet, premiered during The Juilliard School’s 2010 Playwrights Festival, and his original drama Catch the Fish, directed by Kristin Hanggi, won Most Outstanding Play in the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival. He is a 2011-12 Dramatist Guild Fellow, the 2011 New York Stage and Film Founder’s Award recipient, a participant in the 2011 TS Eliot U.S./U.K. Exchange, a member of Partial Comfort Productions, a prime member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, a 2010-11 LeComte du Nouy Prize winner, a Kennedy Center finalist and winner of the Theater Publicus Prize for Dramatic Literature.
Opening night is Jan. 26. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.