The Living Room Series 2015: Bareknuckle

The Living Room Series, a signature site-specific project produced by Vertigo Theater Company, is an exciting evening of theater at Gleason's Gym in DUMBO.

The Living Room Series 2015: Bareknuckle


Vertigo Theater Company and the NY boxing community go “no-holds-barred” in this site-specific production at iconic Gleason’s Gym in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Obie Award Winner Lucy Thurber leads the triptych of female playwrights; alongside Pia Scala-Zankel, Co-Artistic Director of Vertigo Theater Company; and Lindsay Joy, New York Innovative Theater Award Recipient. Ovation Award Winner Laura Savia fearlessly directs.

Can you smell the blood? Each night will kick off with a live exhibition fight featuring Keisher “Fire” McLeod, The Boxing Diva; and WBC Champ Alicia “Slick” Ashley.

On February 20 & 28 and March 8, post-show glory will ensue next door at The Lab. Enjoy live music, brews from SixPoint Brewery, and tasty bites from Brooklyn’s own greasy-spoon food truck, Hard Times Sundaes.

A portion of proceeds goes directly to Give A Kid A Dream, a charity founded by Gleason’s Owner Bruce Silverglade.

Performances run Feb 20-22, 27, 28 & Mar 1, 6-8 at Gleason’s Gym in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Tickets and more info at

Vertigo Theater Company
Unlimited by form and convention, Vertigo Theater Company strives to support new works that expose both the audience and the artists to experiences beyond their comfort zones. More info at

Gleason’s Gym
Gleason’s Gym, now located at 77 Front St in DUMBO, was established in 1937. This iconic boxing gym has been home to champs such as Jay LaMotta and Shane Mosley. More info at

Give A Kid A Dream
Established in 1991, Give A Kid A Dream has worked to provide mentorship to disadvantaged youths through the sport of boxing. More info at


Lucy Thurber is the author of ten plays: Where We’re Born, Ashville, Scarcity, Killers and Other Family, Stay, Bottom of The World, Monstrosity, Dillingham City, The Locus and The Insurgents. Her five play cycle The Hill Town Plays was produced Off Broadway by Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater in-conjunction with The Cherry Lane Theater, The Axis Theater, and The New Ohio Theatre. The Insurgents was produced at the 2011 Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Bottom of The World and Scarcity were produced at The Atlantic Theater Company . Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has produced three of her plays: Where We’re Born, Killers and Other Family, and Stay. Lucy wrote the text for QUIXOTE, conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet, a site-specific performance with the Psalters made for and with The Broad Street Community, also with Lear deBessonet and produced by 13P, Monstrosity. Scarcity was published in the December 2007 issue of American Theatre. Thurber is published by Dramatists Play Service. She is an alumni of New Dramatists, A member of 13P, Labyrinth Theater Company, and Rising Phoenix Rep. She has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, The Contemporary American Theatre Festival, House on The Moon, WET, and Yale Rep. She is the recipient of Manhattan Theatre Club Playwriting Fellowship, the 1st Gary Bonasorte Memorial Prize for Playwriting, and a proud recipient of a LILLY AWARD and a 2014 OBIE Award for The Hill Town Plays.

Pia Scala-Zankel is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Vertigo Theater Company. Recently, Pia was an Artist-in-Residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm, where she developed her first feature-length play, Street Children. A former actress (stage, TV, commercial) and dancer (NYC Ballet), Pia received a B.S. in Theater from Skidmore College. She is also an alumna of Labyrinth Theater Company’s Ensemble Workshop, a program that enabled her to tap into the city’s young and vibrant indie theater community and ultimately led her to create Vertigo. Pia is a former trustee of Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY, where she played an instrumental role in launching its inaugural New Works Festival in 2014. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

Lindsay Joy was born and bred on the mean streets of rural New Hampshire and has since become a Brooklyn transplant. She is a proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire and currently serves as Co-Artistic Director to the award-winning LabRats Theater Company in New York City. The Rats’ production of her full-length play, The Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen, garnered two NYIT Awards, including Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play and Outstanding Director for Padraic Lillis. Mr. Lillis commissioned her to helm the first College Collaboration project of the Farm Theater. The resulting play, In the Event of My Death, will be produced at Ashland University, Centre College, and Clark University. Her new play, In the Family Way, was workshopped at LAByrinth’s Intensive Ensemble in the spring of 2013. Her play, The Unearthing, was a part of the newTACTics festival in the summer of 2012 and was presented in the Ground Up New Works Festival the winter of that same year. She frequently works with aMios Theater company for their monthly short play bonanza, SHOTZ , at the Theatre Under St. Marks. Her short pieces have been seen all over the country– from the Bowery Poetry Club to the Actors Theater of Louisville. Her collaborative piece, The Apartment: a Play with Four Sides, was featured in the 2011 NY International Fringe Festival. In 2001, Lindsay won the award for best short play at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival for her piece Life, Love and a 7-11.

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