Houses on the Moon Theater Company and Rhymes Over Beats present the world premiere of this play about an English professor who is shaken when a student’s personal essay reopens long-buried wounds. More…
'The Assignment' was inspired by the friendship between two individuals brought together by storytelling workshops facilitated by Houses on the Moon: a woman who founded a youth violence prevention program after her teenage son was murdered, and a man who served 17 years in prison for manslaughter. Though a fictionalization, the play was born from a mother’s desire to understand what caused another to take her son’s life, and a man’s need to express remorse. The play explores the long-term emotional toll of violence from both sides of the gun barrel, and the struggle to forgive others and ourselves.
See it if Would enjoy a serious play that doesn't take itself too seriously. Wonderful performances that took you there. A+
Don't see it if Need an intermission. Otherwise, there is no reason not to see this show.
See it if you want to see a thoughtful show in an intimate venue that uses space masterfully. Erick Betancourt was incredible.
Don't see it if you need a show with a tidy ending. Plot is more interesting to you than character.
See it if you're interested in how small interactions can lead to larger relationships. You believe people are more alike than different.
Don't see it if you're hoping for insights on gun violence or gun policies. You don't believe people from different backgrounds can really connect.
See it if You like intimate theaters, small productions, strong acting ( particularly male lead), serious story but at times funny
Don't see it if You require large cast, fancy sets, and light entertainment.
See it if One can appreciate this production being on either side of a gun or gun control. Brilliantly written, funny and quite moving. A MUST-SEE
Don't see it if you only want to see stars in shows.
See it if You like two person shows where their stories are unknowingly intertwined. Deals with some heavy content but also very heartwarming.
Don't see it if You dont like two person shows, and smaller intimate theaters
See it if You want to see a two character play that addresses a traumatic situation from opposing sides.
Don't see it if You want a light, comedic type of play.
See it if you enjoy thought provoking plays. This show focuses on gun violence and forgiveness. Very well done.
Don't see it if you want to see a big production or you only enjoy shows with a large number of cast members. Small intimate theater.
See it if YOU LIKE A WELL ACTED 2 CHARACTER DRAMA. IT IS ABSORBING AND IN MANY CASES BETTER THAN A TWO HOUR PLAY,
Don't see it if TWO ACTORS ON A STAGE DON'T INTEREST YOU
See it if you want to watch a decent drama that explores the intersection of two broken people.
Don't see it if the dramatic development not keeping up with the characters' relationship would bother you.
See it if You would enjoy a really focused work on the developing relationship between two characters whose past baggage leads to a strong climax.
Don't see it if You want lighter entertainment with more than two characters and a more developed set.
See it if You enjoy waiting for something to happen. The actors were good but the script was lacking with way too many pregnant pauses.
Don't see it if You prefer fun and quick witted dialogue that moves to the point of the story in an interesting manner
See it if you can be emotionally manipulated even by a story that's poorly structured and makes no sense.
Don't see it if you respect good plotting (see below). You believe in fairness or karma. You want to believe that higher education serves a noble purpose.
See it if You enjoy plays that feature multi-layered characters and that make you think about topical issues.
Don't see it if You don't like two-person, small-scale shows.
See it if you like plays where the characters' motivations are slowly revealed and humor is intertwined with serious themes.
Don't see it if want a big production.
Also Erick Betancourt's performance was very solid.
See it if you want to see a compelling, poignant, funny show that explores the guilty and the innocent, giving a compassionate voice to both sides.
Don't see it if you aren't a fan of intimate theater experiences, or are sensitive to cigarette smoke. It's a small venue and the characters smoke at times.
See it if you support explorations of important, socially relevant subject matters on stage; several moving scenes invoke empathy with the characters
Don't see it if competent acting helps overcome some of the stilted writing but still slow, even for 75 minute production; all the smoking seemed gratuitous