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OOHRAH!

The European Premiere of a new play by Bekah Brunstetter
Supported by Old Vic New Voices
Part of Grey Light’s American Voices series
Directed by Georgina Guy
Designed by Hilary Statts
Presented by Grey Light Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre
Cast: Vanessa Ackerman. Martha Barnett. Michael Benz. Robert Donald. Jessica Ellerby. Jeff Peterson. Simon Lee Phillips.

Sundays and Mondays, 22, 23, 29, 30 March and 5 and 6 April 2009

Oohrah! was subsequently produced at the Atlantic Theater Company, New York City (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director, Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) as part of their 2009-2010 season, playing 1 to 27 September at Atlantic Stage 2, New York City.

"Listen. There's nothin goin down over there. Anybody who's over there is just trainin' the new police. Playin' card games, accidentally settin' flares off and lightin' their own pants on fire. It's not a fuckin' video game, it's not Vietnam, it's California, it's Summer camp."

In Fayetteville, North Carolina, sits one of the South's largest military bases. Practically everybody's somebody is over there. Flight Attendant Abby has finally agreed to settle down with her thoroughly unmilitary fiancé. Her sister Sara is thrilled to have her own husband back home once and for all. But when a mysterious Marine shows up on Abby's red-eye flight, all bets on stability are off. Oohrah! asks how we can remain true to ourselves when the pressures of domestic and military expectation threaten all.

"Lacey wrote an essay about you for school, I put it on the fridge. She wants you to take her to the rifle range."

This European premiere of a powerful and unexpected new play marks the London debut of the award-winning new American playwright Bekah Brunstetter, winner of the New York Innovative Theater Award for Best Original Full-Length Play, and twice winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival. Her work has received acclaim across the United States and has been produced at Boston Theatre Works, the Ohio Theater, The Alliance Theatre and many others. She is director of New Play Development for Working Man’s Clothes Productions, New York City, and works with groups at the Ars Nova, the Playwright’s Center, At Play Productions and the Women’s Project Writer’s Lab. Oohrah! was workshopped at the Ars Nova, New York City, in September 2008, directed by Leigh Silverman. www.bekahbrunstetter.com

Director Georgina Guy is Artistic Director of Grey Light Productions and has directed all the company's shows to date, including BANK and Other Plays (King's Head Theatre), Uncle Barry (Blue Elephant Theatre) and American Voices (Greenwich Playhouse and Blue Elephant Theatre). Assisting work includes Enduring Freedom at the Finborough Theatre. She also works as an Assistant Teacher at RADA. www.greylightproductions.co.uk

Vanessa Ackerman’s credits include Way to Heaven (Royal Court Theatre), Julius Caesar, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Paradox and Mythomania (all Royal Shakespeare Company), Ramayana (Lyric Hammersmith), The Ceremony (Soho Theatre), Goodbye My Love (Southwark Playhouse), Tough Love (Theatre 503) and The Jew of Malta (Teatro della Contraddizione). TV includes The Lost Prince, The Bill and Holby City; Martha Barnett’s credits include Dance Hall Days (Irish Repertory Company), The Importance of Being Earnest and Measure for Measure (Reckless Endeavour), and, on TV, Poirot and Casualty; Michael Benz’s credits include Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare’s Globe), and Quake (Finborough Theatre), and TV including Mike and Angelo and Little Lord Fauntleroy; Robert Donald’s credits include The Grapes of Wrath and A Week with Tony (Finborough Theatre), Conversations With My Father (The Old Vic), and The Dresser (Theatre Royal, Bath, Duke of York’s Theatre and National Tour); Jessica Ellerby’s credits include Word:Play 2 (Theatre 503) and Triptych (Southwark Playhouse); Jeff Peterson’s credits include The Philadelphia Story (The Old Vic), and films including Mickey Blue Eyes and You’ve Got Mail, and TV including Britz, Absolute Power and The Government Inspector; Simon Lee Phillips’ credits include Dogfight (Arcola Theatre), Salsa Saved The Girls (Old Red Lion), and Carve (Tristan Bates Theatre).

The Press on Bekah Brunstetter
“In just a few short years, Bekah Brunstetter has emerged as a major voice in Off-Off-Broadway theater.” offoffline.com
“Thoughtful, hilarious and poignant.” Washington Square News
“Remarkable…the ground covered in this new play by Bekah Brunstetter goes way past the expected to rip through the gut
while you're laughing… Marvelously perverse humor.” nytheatre.com
"Bekah Brunstetter's use of language is exquisite; her dialogue sings and expresses character with telling detail." Broadway World