Event Information
Theater for the New City Presents
The Upper Lip
Thursday, May 02, 2013 through Sunday, May 19, 2013

Multimedia production integrates live and filmed action in creative ways.

Length: 1 hr 30 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

Director/playwright David Willinger has adapted William Saroyan's forgotten 1951 novel, "Rock Wagram," for the stage. His play, titled "The Upper Lip," will be presented by Theater for the New City May 2 to 19, 2013. Saroyan's ambitious novel, which was seemingly out of sync with the zeitgeist of the early '50s philosophically and politically, is his most autobiographical and confessional work.

The book is the story of an Armenian-American bartender, Arak Vagramian, who is discovered by a Hollywood film executive and vaults to fame as a film star with the name Rock Wagram. After fourteen middling romantic movies, he recognizes himself as lost on the materialist quagmire of Tinseltown and enlists in the Army, anticipating service in World War II. Before his induction, he drives home to Fresno, CA to reconnect with his Armenian family, particularly the family matriarch, his grandmother Lula. She convinces him to dive into a romantic relationship with a young New York socialite named Ann Ford that contains his doom.

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This event is general admission and no seating is assigned at this time. You will choose your seats when you arrive at the venue. Please view the 'More info' link to view if the venue is ADA Complaint.