Before The Drugs Kick In
Where: UNDER St. Marks
94 St. Marks Pl.
212-777-6088 Price: $20
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Location: The Under St. Marks Theater
94 St. Marks Place between 1st Avenue & Avenue A
Note: the theater is not ADA accessible
A 62-year-old woman in an insane asylum closes her eyes and becomes a 28-year-old stand-up comedian with everyone in the audience being part of her imagination. Inspired by personal experience, the delivery (not material) of Dave Chappelle, Christopher Nolan films, Netflix’s Russian Doll and HBO’s Hacks, the show is an intimate blend of stand-up, theatre and time travel starring NYC comedian and actress Maria DeCotis* (Broadway, Vogue, Rolling Stone) as comedian Lynn T. Walsh.
The show is dedicated to anyone, especially young mothers of the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, who society wrote off as crazy instead of giving them an opportunity to live.
Before The Drugs Kick In made its world premiere at the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe to multiple five and four star reviews while being nominated for two of the biggest awards at the largest arts festival in the world, the BBC Writersroom Popcorn Award for Best New Writing and the Mental Health Foundation Fringe Award. The play is written, directed and produced by comedian and playwright Mike Lemme.
Content Warning: Before The Drugs Kick In contains distressing themes with strong language and mentions of suicide but it’s also full of punchlines too.
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.