Brief Note from David Rothenberg on “The Bullpen”

Thursday, August 7, 2014

BRIEF NOTE from David Rothenberg on “The Bullpen”

The off-Broadway hit play “The Bullpen” was first performed at the Fortune Academy (“The Castle”) earlier this year.

Joseph Assadourian, the playwright and sole performer of the play, had developed his work while incarcerated at Otisville Correctional Institute. While there, he became part of a theatre class led by director Richard Hoehler. Hoehler has also been a teacher of a similar class at Fortune Society’s Long Island City center. After serving 12 years in New York state prison, Assadourian has become a unique theatre presence.

Producer Eric Krebs saw “The Bullpen” at the Fortune Academy and moved it to the Playroom Theatre at 151 West 46th Street.

The New York Times praised Assadourian as “one terrific actor and a very good playwright” and called “The Bullpen” “wildly funny.”

Peter Hempstead, writing for TheatreMania.com, said “he delivers a performance so strong that missing it ought to be a crime.” He described it as “blistering funny and superbly performed about the absurd world of the justice system.”

Hempstead’s concluding paragraph states: “Brimming with keen wit and well-crafted dialogue, it’s an accomplished bit of absurdist writing that recalls, consciously or not, Joseph Heller’s classic novel of military paradoxes, ‘Catch 22.’ That said, Assadourian’s tour-de-force performance alone makes ‘The Bullpen’ a must-see.”

The Fortune Society is proud to have been part of the development of “The Bullpen.” Mr. Assadourian is one more formerly incarcerated man who is doing extraordinary things.

Tickets for “The Bullpen” can be attained by calling 866-811-4111 or at TheatreMania.com.

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