"Billboard" is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company
The Heather Theater proudly presents its first play of the season, Michael Vukadinovich’s, Billboard, directed by DuJuan Cole. This modern-day comedy will run from May 3 -18.
Andy (Ashaad Ferebee), a recent college graduate weighed down by student loans, gets paid a great deal of money to have a corporate logo tattooed on his forehead. Andy’s artist girlfriend, Katelyn (Simone Farrell), thinks he is crazy and feels humiliated by his decision. His best friend, Damon (Joshua Dupree), a liberal fighting causes with a bit of unintentional irony, thinks this was a bad idea that Andy now has to live with. The tragic and comic consequences of his decision teach Andy that the logo is more than just the ink on his skin. Katelyn, on the other hand, discovers an artistic opportunity. She realizes his body exemplifies the extent of consumerism in our daily lives. Billboard is a comedy about the battle between commercialism, fame, art and love.
"Billboard uses the premise as a springboard to examine art, commercialism, love and the nexus of all three." - The New York Times
"Billboard is a treat, due to its committed performances and earnest moments." - Show Business Weekly
"...a comic exploration of personal and corporate greed. Commercialism vs. art, big media vs. the soul of the American people—the battle lines are clearly drawn." - The New Yorker
"Character-driven and hilarious ." - The L Magazine
"Winner of the 2006 Next Generation Playwriting Contest and based on a true story, Michael Vukadinovich's Billboard makes a powerful world premiere at 59E59" - HX
Winner! 2006 Next Generation Playwriting Contest by Reverie Productions
Winner! 2006 Tim Robbins Playwrighting Contest for Plays of Social Significance
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Vukadinovich is a playwright and screenwriter. He is the recipient of the Reverie Productions Next Generation Playwriting Award, the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Playwriting Contest, the Gloria Peter Playwright Award for Historical Plays, the Wichita University Playwriting Contest, and the Samuel Goldwyn Screenwriting Award. His work has been produced off-Broadway and across the country, and internationally in Edinburgh, at the Serbian National Theatre, and the Colombian National Theatre. His plays include: Billboard; Trog and Clay (an imagined history of the electric chair); Gilbert, or Death by Obituary; A Giant Arc in the Skyspace of Directions (or the Story of Miracles); Terrarium, and The Magician and the Memory. He completed his M.F.A. in Playwriting at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.