(RAHWAY, NJ) -- The Hamilton Stage at UCPAC presents Thanks, Brother by Jared Kelner for four performances January 22-24. This is a 90-minute 1-act drama that explores the bond of brotherhood and the traumas that shaped the lives of two men. Through their journey, they find love, understanding and acceptance. The production is directed by Mike Burdick and stars James Walsh and Jared Kelner. It is produced by Actor’s Approach Acting Academy.
"I first read Marsha Norman’s ’Night, Mother and Sam Shepard’s True West in the 1980s and immediately fell in love with the stories, relationships, love, struggles and pain that Jessie and Thelma and Austin and Lee experience throughout their journeys," said Jared Kelner. "With Thanks, Brother, I have humbly attempted to pay homage and respect to two brilliant playwrights. They have both inspired me and made an unforgettable impact on my approach to acting and playwriting."
"I shared early versions of the play with many actors, directors and playwrights that I respect and admire," continued Kelnar. "Their feedback helped me carve away the superfluous and clarify the character’s intentions. I am so thankful for the generous, critical, insightful, intelligent and creative feedback I received from all those who helped challenge me to justify my choices."
Due to social distancing purposes, the Hamilton Stage asks that people buy your tickets in advance as the box office will not be open the night of the show. Performances are Friday, January 22 at 8:00pm; Saturday, January 23 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm; and Sunday, January 24 at 2:00pm. Tickets are available for purchase here. Hamilton Stage is located at 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway, New Jersey.
"Thanks, Brother explores the bond of brotherhood and brings to light the traumas we all face throughout our lives that change us forever," added Kelner. "I hope this story of Jeremy and Tommy entertains, educates, inspires, and transforms the audience as well as helps those that see the play embrace and come to terms with the traumas in their lives."