Southern Discomfort, an eclectic new off-Broadway play by Elisabeth Gray, officially opens on April 1. Written in the Southern Gothic Style, this one-woman show stars Gray as a collection of wacky Southern characters and features direction by Daniel Zimbler. The production began preview performances on March 25, and is scheduled to run through May 27 at the SoHo Playhouse.
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.