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The Commons Opens

Lily Akerman’s The Commons directedby Emma Miller makes World Premiere at @ 59E59 Theaters.

February 12, 2020:  The Commons, a tale about living with strangers by Lily Akerman, opened at 59E59 Theaters under Emma Miller’s steady hand. The play commissioned and produced by The Hearth, a group that develops new plays by women, is making its World Premier at 59E59 Theaters for a limited run through February 23rd. The opening marks the NYC debut of Akerman, a recent Hunter MFA grad, who is part of the Clubbed Thumb’s emerging writers.

Ben Newman, Olivia Khoshatefeh, Ben Katz, Julia Greer, Olivia Abiassi

Lily Akerman’s The Commons directedby Emma Miller makes World Premiere at @ 59E59 Theaters.

February 12, 2020:  The Commons, a tale about living with strangers by Lily Akerman, opened at 59E59 Theaters under Emma Miller’s steady hand. The play commissioned and produced by The Hearth, a group that develops new plays by women, is making its World Premier at 59E59 Theaters for a limited run through February 23rd. The opening marks the NYC debut of Akerman, a recent Hunter MFA grad, who is part of the Clubbed Thumb’s emerging writers.

Julia Greer, Olivia Khoshatefeh, Ben Newman, Ben Katz

When space is at a premium, there’s no room for weak links.  The Commons is a story about living with strangers and the things that seem small until they aren’t, missing almonds, empty apologies, and a pizza box in the recycling bin that clearly belongs in the trash. Through these quirky and familiar characters and situations, Akerman’s story is a microcosm for today about eco-systems: can we live together in a shared environment without destroying the space and ourselves? 

 “We loved the quirky and funny familiarity of these house-mates,” said Emma Miller, who is also the Artistic Director of The Hearth, adding  “But the apartment stands in for a bigger ecosystem that questions if we can bury our selfishness so we can survive.”

The cast features Olivia Abiassi(Eh Dah?: Questions for My Father at NYTW Next Door); Julia Greer(Athena with The Hearth); Ben Katz(16 Words or Less with Clubbed Thumb); Olivia Khoshatefeh(The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix); Ben Newman(Professor James on Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists on Freeform). 

The design team includes Emmie Finckel(set design); Vicki Bain(lighting design); Dara Affholter(costume design); and Holden Gunster(props design). The Production Stage Manager is Hanako Rodriguez. 

The Commons is now playing at 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison, through February 23, 2020.
The performance schedule is Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2:30 pm. Single tickets are $25($20 for 59E59 Members).
Tickets are available by calling the Box Office at 646- 892-7999or by visiting www.59e59.org.
Photography: Barry Gordin & Carol Rosegg

Olivia Khoshatefeh, Ben Katz, Julia Greer, Olivia Abiassi
 Ben Katz, Olivia Khoshatefeh
Julia Greer, Olivia Abiassi
 Ben Katz, Ben Newman, Julia Greer
Olivia Khoshatefeh, Ben Katz

The Commons
Theater C @ 59E59 Theaters
The performance schedule is Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2:30 pm. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison). Single tickets are $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members). Tickets are available by calling the 59E59 Box Office at 646- 892-7999 or by visiting www.59e59.org.
February 6-23, 2020

Ben Newman, Olivia Khoshatefeh, Ben Katz