The Recommendation


“An electric production… unfailingly intelligent and brutally funny.”

“Relevant, real and revealing as it insightfully gives pause to class and racial issues, secrets, friendships, trust, and illusions with a humorous bent. My recommendation – go see this play.” – Theater Pizzazz

“The best type of modern morality play… just the sort of nuanced, levelheaded tale we need.” – Curtain Up

“Consider this a letter of recommendation for its cast.” – BroadwayWorld

“The Recommendation touches deftly on familiar issues of race, class, and power that may shift slightly from decade to decade but remain–sadly–timeless. It’s also a damn good yarn.” – Simply Showbiz

Now Extended Due to Critical Acclaim through October 8!

It’s an excellent evening. First-rate acting and a powerful, complicated script. It’s good to see a play so specifically about something, and done so well. -A.R. Gurney

Aaron Feldman is popular and connected. He is everything his best friend Iskinder Iudoku is not, but when Feldman gets pulled over for a broken taillight, he is introduced to a world where privilege means nothing and Iskinder has the advantage. A play about friendship, class and where loyalty has its limits.

The 2012 production at The Old Globe in San Diego won the Craig Noel Outstanding New Play Award.

Featuring The Bats:
Barron Bass, James Fouhey, Alex J. Gould, Donaldo Prescod, Orlando Rivera, and Austin Trow.
Written by Jonathan Caren
Directed by Kel Haney
Set Design Caite Hevner Kemp
Lighting Design Nick Solyom
Costume Design Sydney Maresca
Sound Design Elisheba Ittoop
Fight Director Mark Olsen

Jonathan Caren
Plays include The Recommendation (The Old Globe, ‘12 Craig Noel Outstanding Play, upcoming: The Flea Sept ‘13), The Morning The Sun Fell Down (MTC 2013 7@7), The Venerable Raman Gupta (Sundance Lab ’13 Finalist), Open Heart Meditation (Ars Nova Out Loud ’11), and Catch The Fish (NY Fringe, Outstanding Play). 2011-12 Dramatist Guild Fellow, 2011 New York Stage And Film Founder’s Award, T.S Eliot Old Vic/New Voices Network member, SPACE @ Ryder Farm fellow, two-time Lecomte du Nouy award winner. Jonathan graduated from the The Juilliard School and Vassar College where he studied mythology and religion.

Kel Haney
Recent directing credits include: Romeo and Juliet(The Flea), The Dance Company by Jonathan Caren (Keen Company/Keen Teens), El Fugo by Edith Freni (Partial Comfort Productions), Row After Row by Jessica Dickey, Little Rock by Rachel Bonds (both at Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Consequences music & lyrics by Nathan Leigh & Kyle Jarrow, book by Kyle Jarrow (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre). She has directed and developed new work at Ars Nova, The Directors Company, Cherry Lane Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Youngblood, The Lark, Ma-Yi, New Dramatists, New Georges, NY Fringe Festival, Rattlestick, Rising Phoenix, Studio 42, Vampire Cowboys, Westport Country Playhouse, & the 52nd Street Project. Also: Resident Director at The Flea, Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellow, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Old Vic/New Voices Exchange Program and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.

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