Drink up! Southern Discomfort, an eclectic new one-woman play by Elisabeth Gray, will begin performances at off-Broadway’s SoHo Playhouse on March 25. Written in the Southern Gothic style, the play will star Gray as a collection of wacky Southern characters. Directed by Daniel Zimbler, the production will play on Monday nights through May 27.
Based on real people Gray met growing up in the South, Southern Discomfort is a comedic exploration of loneliness and the drastic measures people take to overcome it. The play brings a collection of idiosyncratic characters to life: Ranging from a one-armed teenage boy selling Civil War re-enactment weaponry at his father’s gun stall, to a former beauty queen in a plastic surgeon’s office obsessed with facial symmetry, to a forlorn tow truck driver in love with an African-American-Mormon stripper.
And here’s the best part! Southern cocktail specials will be served during every performance, and audience members are encouraged to drink in their seats. Each performance will be accompanied by live music performed by a rotation of bands and musicians, including the Chapin Sisters.
Gray is also gearing up to make her Broadway debut in the world premiere of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, beginning performances March 4 at the Cort Theatre. Gray’s play Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath toured for three years before opening off-Broadway.