The world premiere of Matthew-Lee Erlbach’s Handbook for an American Revolutionary begins performances off-Broadway at the Gym at Judson on July 19. The solo play, which stars the playwright, is directed by Tony Speciale. The show's official opening night is set for July 22.
Inspired by Erlbach's travels around the United States, Handbook is a darkly comic play giving voice to a panorama of ordinary citizens in extraordinary circumstances whose battles are reshaping 21st-century America. As he blazes through a spectrum of diverse Americans, Erlbach gives voice to the voiceless from coal power to white power, K Street to Bourbon St., and the prophets and profits of today's America. The 12 characters in Erlbach's play are the face of America's turbulent present and a hand to its hopeful future—the 99%.
Erlbach penned the The Onion’s political satire Happy Sunshine Kung Fu Flower as well as TV projects for Nickelodeon and WWE. He also wrote, directed and starred in the award-winning short film Roger, the Chicken.