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Arc Stages Performs 'Gruesome Playground Injuries' In Pleasantville

Arc Stages is presenting "Gruesome Playground Injuries" in February.
Arc Stages is presenting "Gruesome Playground Injuries" in February. Photo Credit:

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pleasantville theater company Arc Stages will perform Rajiv Joseph’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries” in February as the final show in the inaugural season for its professional company, The Next Stage.

Performances will be held Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.; and Thursday, Feb. 18 through Saturday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m.

“Gruesome Playground Injuries” is directed by Ann Shankman and stars Emily Jackson and Doug Goldring. Sometimes love is pain. Sometimes pain is love.

It’s not your typical love story: Doug and Kayleen meet at the nurse’s office in their elementary school; she’s got a painful stomach ache, and he’s all banged up from riding his bike off the roof of the school.

Over the next 30 years, these scar-crossed lovers meet again and again, brought together by injury, heartbreak and their own self-destructive tendencies.

With great compassion and humor, playwright and Pulitzer finalist Rajiv Joseph (Broadway’s “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”) crafts a compelling and unconventional love story about the intimacy between two people when they allow their defenses to drop and their wounds to show.

The Next Stage premiered earlier this year with John Cariani’s “Love/Sick” and focuses on showcasing new, innovative work by a wide variety of exciting and talented authors. It is the third wing of a company that also includes a thriving Educational Stage and Community Stage.

Tickets are $36 for adults and $28 for students and seniors. Click here to purchase tickets or call 914-747-6206.

Arc Stages is at 147 Wheeler Ave., Pleasantville.

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