LAND OF NO MERCY
Un Drama Américano
(In tzvey aktn)
by Rae Binstock
A century apart but close enough to touch, two couples inhabit the same cramped apartment.
The apartment sits on the corner of Monroe and Clinton, tucked away in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. It’s a cozy little place, just big enough for two—but which two? Yetta and Solomon, the Jewish immigrants from 1915, business owners fighting to get through each day and hold on to a world thousands of miles away, while they worry about starting a family in the Land of Opportunity? Or Maria and Alex, the millennial oddballs of the present who sweep into the neighborhood on a tide of gentrification, struggling to keep their college relationship viable in the face of new stressors, new ambitions, and new neighbors?
Rae Binstock is from Cambridge, MA and attended Columbia University. Her plays have appeared with companies such as the New Group, The Lark Development Center, the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, and the Hearth Theater. Rae is a Dramatists Guild Fellow, Playwrights Workshop Fellow at the Lark, and has been awarded residencies all over the country. She is a Writers’ Assistant on FX Networks’ upcoming miniseries about choreographer Bob Fosse, and lives in Brooklyn.