spit & vigor offers up a very special showing of THE BRUTES for some very special guests.
On Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. THE BRUTES by Casey Wimpee will be presented at THE PLAYERS – once the home of Edwin Booth – 16 Gramercy Park S, New York City. The special guests are members of the Booth family including Paul & Jan Valle. Paul is the great-great grandson of Junius Brutus Booth, Jr. (Junius Seniors’ eldest, followed by Edwin.)
Nominated for seven Planet Awards including Outstanding Direction; Ensemble; Choreography; and Costumes and recognized by The New York timers, THE BRUTES is making history while telling it.
THE BRUTES is a look inside one of 19th century America’s most prolific families. In November of 1864, Junius Jr, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth, actors and sons of the famous actor, Junius Brutus Booth, came together at New York’s Winter Garden Theatre to share the stage for the first and only time. They were to put on a benefit production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and the funds would be used to erect a statue of William Shakespeare in Central Park. (This performance really happened, and the statue still stands today)
Despite what history dictates, this play is not about John Wilkes Booth. This play is about the Booth family before their legacy got erased. A family that, is not far from a lot of American families today. A family divided by beliefs. Beliefs that divided the country. A division this country hasn’t seen that prominently until, sadly, right now.
Through the abstract lens of Casey Wimpee, THE BRUTES is a look into the Booth family, less than six months before the assassination during the only time all three brothers shared the stage. While rehearsing over the week of Thanksgiving, the family attempts to put politics aside and come together for a benefit dedicated to a figure they all rightly value and respect.