Elphin Productions in association with Park Theatre presents 

Beirut

By Alan Bowne

Directed by Robin Lefevre
 

'I can live without sex and feel dead or risk death and feel alive'

Torch has been quarantined in a dark, squalid room on the Lower East Side of New York City, which the locals refer to as “Beirut”, after testing positive for a nameless disease. Torch passes the time alone, forbidden from contact with the outside world.

His girlfriend, Blue, makes the dangerous journey across the quarantine line to be with him. Torch tries to keep her at arm's length and they argue lovingly, jokingly, fearfully, bravely and desperately about sex and death. All the while, Torch pleads with Blue to leave before his resistance fails…

Robin Lefevre has previously won the New York Drama Desk Award for Best Director and is a Tony Award nominee.

 

'The marvel of Mr Bowne’s work is the richly raunchy language, tuned to the gritty rhythms of the street. It’s crude yet lyrical; the dialogue sings' The New York Times