THE  GOLDEN  HORSESHOE

A Lecture on Tragedy

an autobiographical dark comedy


"Check your ego at the door.  I've got plenty enough for all of us."

   


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Professor Stanley
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Teaching Assistant Luke Rosen



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"Suddenly I was a person of color."

In this hilarious southern fried Greek tragedy, playwright Jeffrey Stanley, with his teaching assistant Luke Rosen in tow, takes you through  "an existential tunnel of country music terror"  to the Underworld and back in this navel-gazing life and death journey to resurrect a family skeleton. Take notes, there'll be a quiz at the end (see syllabus).


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Teaching Assistant Luke Rosen (left) does the emoting as Stanley uses country music, courtroom transcripts, birth certificates, Marine Corps discharge papers, DNA evidence, letters, lawyers, and a healthy dose of Nietzsche, Sir James Frazer and ancient Greek theatre to piece together a family mystery. 


Running time 75 minutes, no intermission.

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"Be there."

Dear Horseshoe fans, the show's limited engagement at Don't Tell Mama in New York City during 2005, after world premiering at the Live From the Living Room performance series at the Gershwin Hotel in New York City in 2004, has come and gone.  Thanks for your interest. It was my first "one man show" (that's in quotes because it was actually a multi-person show, with Luke Rosen periodically taking over as me, briefly, in order to emote on my behalf, saying my painful words for me, and also featured a silent actress knitting in the audience and a violinist on one song). The show was successful enough that I followed it up over the coming years with two more truly solo shows, Beautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead and Jeffrey Stanley's Boneyards.

THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE: A LECTURE ON TRAGEDY
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