by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 17-Feb. 10
Where: Aurora Theatre 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville.
More info: 678-226-6222, www.auroratheatre.com
Aurora Theatre continues its 17th season with a new play that will have you laughing in the New Year.
“Bob,” by American playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, opens Jan. 17 and continues through Feb. 10.
The play tells the story of Bob, born on Valentine’s Day in the bathroom of a White Castle in Kentucky and left to fend for himself by his birth mother, Helen. Armed with nothing but an unfailing optimism, “Bob” is the epic, fast-paced comedy of one man’s desire for greatness.
Easy to love, “Bob” is reminiscent of comic classics like “The Jerk” and “Forest Gump.”
“Bob” was awarded the 2010 Barrie and Bernice Stavis Award from the National Theatre Conference, and received its World Premiere at the Humana Festival for New American Plays in March 2011, garnering critical acclaim. Both the original Humana production and the Aurora Theatre production are under the direction of Sean Daniels.
“Bob” is co-produced with world-renowned Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, N.Y., as a part of the Fielding Nextstage Series. A special preview performance of “Bob” on Jan. 15 welcomes anyone named Bob (Robert, Bobby, Bobbi, etc.) to attend free of charge. All other seats are $10 with a current library card.
Audiences attending “Bob” will have an opportunity to pay tribute to their everyday heroes. A large canvas will be placed in the lobby and audience members will be encouraged to add the names of their everyday hero to an original piece of art.