“The Mad Ones,” formerly known as The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, opened off-Broadway (Prospect Theater Company at 59E59) on Nov. 17, 2017. 18-year-old Samantha Brown sits in a hand-me-down car with the keys clutched in her hand. Caught between a yearning for the unknown and feeling bound by expectation, she telescopes back to a time before her world had fallen apart. As she relives her senior year, we meet Sam’s well-intentioned helicopter mother Bev and her high school sweetheart of a boyfriend Adam, but it’s her painfully alive best friend Kelly that haunts her. Kelly was everything Sam is not – impetuous and daring. She pushed Sam to break rules and do the unexpected. When Kelly is killed in a car wreck, Sam loses not only her best friend but also the part of herself that was learning to be brave. Now, Sam has to make a decision: Will she follow her mother’s dreams for her, or will she summon the courage to drive away from her friends and family into a future she can’t imagine?
By Kait Kerrigan and Bree Lowdermilk; stage direction by Jessica Lester and Sophia Marino; music direction by Julian Lamarti; choreography by Kyleigh Perales.
Contains material that may not be suitable for young children. This performance is recommended for mature audiences.
“The Mad Ones” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com
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