Part of FringeNYC: The Scared Straight program is not what young Tony Zigman expected when placed in a cell with inmate "Junebug" Gonzalez. Follow this odd couple as they both win back their life and love, while airing a subtle commentary on the Prison Industrial Complex. More…
Categories: Drama, Comedy, Local. Written by Hamza Zaman. Directed by Jonathan Rosner. Produced by Luis Christian Dilorenzi and Seth Burrell. Production Design by Broadway regular Chelsea Roth.
FROM THE ARTIST:
This summer will see the world premiere of "Fresh Meat," at The New York International Fringe Festival: FringeNYC. Written by and Starring Hamza Zaman, this play traces the very real difficulties convicted felons face upon their release and trying to integrate into society.
"I am very honored that FringeNYC has accepted my play to their 20th Anniversary lineup. While I am not here to preach, I wanted to tell a compelling tale, where through the lens of an irregular friendship we can focus attention on the plight of an underserved segment of society. I hope you enjoy," said Hamza Zaman.
Hamza also plays Ravi Prajna in the upcoming Feature film, "Tango Shalom" which stars Jos Laniado (One Life to Live), Leah Zlotkin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Karina Smirnoff (Dancing with the Stars Champion).
"Fresh Meat" gives audiences the opportunity, to follow a convict, on his journey to re-assimilate back into a society. While examining how the people we stigmatize, aren't always deserving of such great disapproval" said Director Jonathan Rosner.
"Fresh Meat" will feature Hamza Zaman, Neilson Lantigua, Warren Bub, Brielle Hepburn and Vincent Vacarro. Previously "Fresh Meat" was done as a One-Act at the Manhattan Repertory Theater on 42nd st. in New York City.
"Fresh Meat," will run in August: SUN 14 @ 7+; WED 17 @ 9:15; FRI 19 @ 9:45; MON 22 @ 4:45; THU 25 @ 4:45
At the Teatro LATEA at the Clemente 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington & Delancey).
"In this new play written by and starring Hamza Zaman, we delve into the thickets of justice, prejudice, and the will for self-improvement...All the evildoers get their just desserts, and the rest of the lot realize all of the dreams they had been striving for. 'Fresh Meat' is optimistic, and makes no bones about what it hopes all convicts will achieve in that perfect world which resists our many attempts to seize it." Full Review
See it if ...you like unusual themes and quirky characters, especially if you have concerns about how ex-prisoners fare when returning to society.
Don't see it if ...you are bored by prison scenes or put off by thuggish behavior, boyfriend-girlfriend problems or father-son conflicts.