Great Escape is proud to offer the first fully staged production of a new play by Dan Kitrosser, “Third Person.” The production will have its world premiere at Great Escape during May 23-26 and May 30-June 1, under the direction of Jennifer Conley Darling.
Buck, the silent and stoic patriarch of a middle America family, is struck by lightning, and begins to narrate his life in the third person, dredging up what shouldn’t be dredged. In this comedy, the truth about family fictions comes to the forefront, as Buck and his household examine the stories they’ve told, how they’ve told them and what murderous secrets lie underneath.
Kitrosser is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and storyteller. He co-wrote the screenplay for “We the Animals,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018, winning the NEXT: Innovator Award, Best Narrative at OutFest 2018 and is nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards and a GLAAD Award. His plays include “Tar Baby” (First Fringe Award, Edinburgh Fringe, and an Amnesty International Citation for Excellence), “Dead Special Crabs” (monologues published in Smith & Kraus Best Men’s and Women’s…) and “theMumblings” (optioned for a TV series by Fox). He is working on the screen adaptation of Anne Tyler’s novel “Searching for Caleb.”
Kitrosser was also the resident storyteller for Central Park and Bryant Park for much of the 2000s, and is the Artistic Director of Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival, a festival of plays written by young playwrights from all over the world, now in its 10th year. In 2014, he received his MFA from The New School for Drama, where he is on faculty.
Kitrosser is the 2018 Peter Shaffer Award Winner, a 2016 TimeWarner 150 Fellow, a 2014 Sundance Screenwriting Fellow, a 2014 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Playwriting Fellow, a 2015 terraNOVA Collective Groundbreaker, a Maryland Filmmakers Fellow and for his writing of “Tar Baby,” Kitrosser received the Fringe First Award for Playwriting at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a Special Citation from Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Awards.