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Kingdom Come: Read, Watch, Listen

Posted on: December 14th, 2016 by Morgan Grambo

Jenny Rachel Weiner’s Kingdom Come opened in Roundabout’s Black Box Theatre on November 2, 2016. In this Roundabout Underground production we meet Samantha and Layne, two lonely women looking for a real connection online. However, when both pretend to be someone else, revealing the truth may have tremendous consequences.

 

TO READ

Horse Girls
by Jenny Rachel Weiner

Welcome to the Lady Jean Ladies, South Florida’s most exclusive horse club. Horse Girls has been produced by theatres across the country, including the cell, Ars Nova’s Ant Fest, and Fordham/Primary Stages in New York City. Jenny Rachel Weiner’s darkly comedic play about middle school girls that love horses more than anything in the entire world is well worth the less-than-an-hour it requires to read. According to TheatreMania, “Weiner’s play gallops along the fine line between the ridiculous and (tragically) plausible, which is the source of its immense humor.”

Closer
by Patrick Marber

Kingdom Come explores the complexity of human connection in our increasingly technological world. Making its London premiere in 1997, Patrick Marber’s Closer was one of the first plays to tackle presenting the reality of anonymous love and lust connections the internet had to offer. Closer weaves an intricate of four people trading romantic partners and struggling to understand the relationship between love and truth.

 

TO WATCH

Catfish

Catfish [kat-fish] noun – a person who pretends to be someone they’re not, using social media to create a false identity, particularly to pursue deceitful online romances. –Nev Schulman’s website

In 2010, filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman released a documentary centered around a developing online relationship between Ariel’s brother Nev and a young woman named Megan. When it becomes clear that they have been lied to, the young men decide to travel to Michigan to meet the person behind the profile. Rotten Tomatoes states that the film’s “timely premise and a tightly wound mystery make for a gripping documentary.” If Kingdom Come sparks your interest in this phenomenon, Catfish will satiate your intrigue and leave you on the edge of your seat for the entirety of the film’s eighty seven minutes.

The American President

In Kingdom Come, Samantha and Layne share their mutual love for this 1995 film starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening. While they are both embarrassed to admit that it is their favorite movie, The American President is noted as one of the greatest love stories in American cinema by the American Film Institute. Just be prepared for when Sydney walks down the stairs in her red dress, it’s a “tears.streaming.down.my.face” moment according to Samantha.

 

TO LISTEN

Stop in Nevada
By Billy Joel

Carson City, Nevada is home to the characters of Kingdom Come and Billy Joel’s 1973 song “Stop in Nevada” holds a special place in Layne’s heart. Jenny Rachel Weiner revealed that his music was on repeat as she wrote Kingdom Come. Listen to the song and more of Billy Joel’s greatest hits below.

 


Kingdom Come is now playing at the Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Visit our website for tickets and more information.



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2016-2017 Season, Kingdom Come, Roundabout Underground


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