Levittown by Marc Palmeiri
“You won’t stop watching for a second,” Critic Neil Genzlinger. New York Times.
Levittown was first presented opening in New York City in 2006 by the Axis Company. It was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. It was also selected by Backstage as a “Critic’s Pick” in 2009 at The Theatre at Saint Clements in NYC.
A New York Times Critic’s Pick
The play draws its name from the dozen or so housing developments created after World War II by Levitt & Sons to provide housing for the G.I.’s returning from Europe and the Pacific.
“There is some autobiography in Mr. Palmieri’s play, a domestic drama about a Levittown family’s fractured relationships and the repercussions of a long-buried secret.” Steven McElroy, New York Times.
The ultimate irony to Levittown is that the homes created for the veterans who sacrificed so much to keep the world free also turned into an inescapable refuge for the families who took up residence in them. Three generations of Maddigans are tied to the grandfather’s (Edmund’s) home. Their freedom is restricted by a family secret, an inability to cope with unlimited opportunity in post-war U. S., and their own dysfunctional habituated communication.
“I had no idea who I was or what life was for before I came to Wake Forest. I played baseball yes, but. I had yet to discover what it … makes me feel like I am using my life for something useful. ” Quote by Cherin C. Poovey, Web Exclusives, January 11, 2013
Day and Evening Performances will be at the Mountcastle Black Box Theatre in the Milton Rhodes Center starting February 21, 2020.
Tickets: Adults $20; Seniors (60 or older) $16.00; Students, $12.00.
Advance Ticket Sales – All seats $5.00 off if ordered before January 15, 2020.
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251 North Spruce Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 Purchase Tickets