Plays Directory : A New Brain

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    William Finn and James Lapine
  • Written
    1998
  • Setting
    USA
  • Overview
    Gordo Schwinn, a talented young songwriter, works at his piano to meet a deadline. Gordo is irritated because he must write a song about Spring for a children's television entertainer who dresses as a frog. He takes a break from his writing and meets his agent Rhoda at a restaurant for pasta. During lunch, Gordo clutches his head and falls face first into his meal. Rhoda calls an ambulance, and Gordon is taken to the hospital. He learns that he has arteriovenous malformation (fluid build-up in his brain.) Gordon needs an operation, and if he doesn't have it, he could die or never regain the use of his faculties.

    While in the hospital, Gordo contemplates his situation. His greatest fear is dying with his greatest songs still inside of him; and so from his hospital bed, and while in a coma, and all throughout his ordeal, he begins writing the songs. He also has several hallucinations that involve various people whom he has encountered. In particular, a homeless lady that he met on his way to get pasta with Rhoda continually pops up.

    Gordo eventually has the surgery and recovers completely. The creative block he was experiencing before his ordeal lifts, and he gains new insights. His near death experience encourages him to re-evaluate and better appreciate the people and relationships in his life.

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3 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Elizabeth Rose
2018, The Minister
Jay Barker
Jay Barker
Voice Over: American - Standard
2018, Gordon Schwin
Ally Weber
Ally Weber
Actor
2017, Nancy D./Waitress
Iona Claire
Iona Claire
Actor
2017, Fiona Graham
Joseph Ed Thomas
Joseph Ed Thomas
Lighting Designer
2016, Lighting Designer
ArtsEd Theatre & The Angles Theatre, Wisbech
Maira Prata German
Maira Prata German
Assistant Director
2015, Dresser
J Scheidegger Center for the Arts
Rachel Twardzik
Rachel Twardzik
Stage Manager
2015, Stage Manager
Becky Ittner
Becky Ittner
Actor
2015, Rhoda
Student Theatre at Agganis Arena
Emily Cochrane
2013, Lisa
GAMTA
Alexandra Pierpoint
2013, Homeless Woman
Northbrook Theatre | Worthing, West Sussex
Liam McQuaide
Liam McQuaide
Sound Technician
2013, Sound Designer
Northbrook Theatre
Jessica Hillier
Jessica Hillier
Wig Maker
2013, Hair & Make-up designer
Robbie McArtney
2013, Gordon Schwinn
The Brickhouse Theatre
Emma Bostock
Emma Bostock
Actor
2012, Mimi Schwinn
Stanwix Arts Studio Theatre
Maria Bedford
Maria Bedford
Wardrobe Assistant
2012, Student costume leader
Alexandria Anfield
2012, Mimi Schwinn (Mother)
Stanwix Arts Theatre
Emma Hobson
Emma Hobson
Actor
2012, Rhoda
Stanwix Studio Theatre
Tara Sitser
Tara Sitser
Production Stage Manager
2012, Assistant Stage Manager
Alex Theater
Callum Thomson
Callum Thomson
Technical Stage Manager
2012, Assistant Stage Manager
Stanwix Theatre
Shondelle Pratt
2011, Grace
Side Track Theatre