By Brian Parks
Directed by Margarett Perry
With Matthew Boston and Daniel Llewelyn-Williams
Two enemy novelists duel for the ultimate prize in a fast-paced, war-of-the-words comedy by multiple Fringe First-winning playwright Brian Parks. Year after year, Higgins and Houghton find themselves pitched against each other on the shortlist for literature's number-one title, never winning. But this year is different, each primed to strike and finally grab it. All that stands in their way is each other. A world premiere directed by Fringe First winner Margarett Perry, starring Matthew Boston and Daniel Llewelyn-Williams. "A refreshingly mischievous, inventive author" (Times of London).
Part of 59E59 Theaters' East to Edinburgh 2023
Matthew Boston is thrilled to be back at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, having performed Brian Park’s Enterprise (Fringe First) in 2017 and The Golfer (2022). This play marks his fourth collaboration with Brian Parks and his 13th collaboration with director, Margarett Perry. New York and US Regional credits include leading roles at such theatres as Old Globe, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Yale Rep, Hartford Stage, A.C.T, Berkeley Rep, Intiman Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Trinity Rep, Hartford TheaterWorks, Mosaic Theatre Company of DC, Repertory Theater of St Louis, Portland Center Stage, George Street Playhouse, Centerstage, Dallas Theater Center, A Contemporary Theatre (ACT), Two River Theater Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Human Race Theatre Company, Northern Stage Company, The Kitchen Theatre, 59E59, SoHo Rep, Working Theatre, as well as many others. His film and television credits include City on a Hill, For Life, Elementary, The Blacklist, Mysteries of Laura, Blue Bloods, Law & Order, The Kitchen, In the Family, Out and About, Ghost Ship, Into the Blue, Camp Wilderness, One Life to Live, and All My Children.
Daniel Llewelyn-Williams is from Newport, South Wales. He trained at LAMDA and is an actor, writer and fight choreographer and theatre producer. Dan is an associate member of the company at Theatr Clwyd and the founder and Co-Artistic Director of Flying Bridge Theatre Ltd. Acting in theatre has been the mainstay of his career since 2001. He’s performed in shows all over the UK and West-End, including lead roles in The 39 Steps, Herge’s Adventures of Tintin and Carrie’s War. Dan has done 16 productions at Theatr Clwyd. Various other companies around the UK have been kind enough to invite Dan to work with them over the last 22 years including; The National Theatre, Tour de Force, Sheffield Theatres, Regents Park amongst others. Dan started his own theatre production company in 2013, which he now runs with Tim Baker. A Regular Little Houdini is Dan’s most successful, self-penned show. Dan won Best Actor and Wales In the World awards in the Wales Theatre Awards 2015 and 2018. Other notable roles include, Sherlock Holmes in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Welsh Tour 2023), Bob in Horse Country (UK tour, Ed Fringe, Adelaide Fringe) and George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life (Welsh tour). Dan now spends most of his time producing stage shows and writing scripts for stage and radio. His scripts include A Regular Little Houdini, The Lament of George Shell (a new musical in development set during the Chartist’s Uprising), A Coven of Chartists and Astrid Price Investigates, a series of radio plays.
Brian Parks is an American playwright whose work has been produced in New York City and several other cities in the US. The plays have also been staged in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. His play Americana Absurdum helped launch the New York International Fringe Festival, where it also won the Best Writing Award. Americana Absurdum went on to win a Fringe First award at the 2000 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and became one of the first plays staged at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory theater. His other produced plays include The House, Enterprise, The Professor, The Golfer, Goner, The Invitation, Imperial Fizz, American Poodle (Splayfoot), Suspicious Package, and Out of the Way. Enterprise won a Fringe First Award at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is published by Broadway Play Publishing, New York City. Imperial Fizz and The House are published by Josef Weinberger, Ltd., London. The Invitation is published in the collection Plays and Playwrights 2010, by the New York Theater Experience, Inc. A Detroit-area native, he’s been a longtime resident of Brooklyn.
Margarett Perry is an award-winning director of new plays and has directed and developed new work Off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country and in the UK. She is frequent collaborator with Brian Parks directing productions of his play, The House, in Ithaca, Dayton, London, and Edinburgh as well as last year’s Edinburgh Fringe show, The Golfer. This production marks her eighth production at 59E59 Theaters. She has directed 6 productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe including the Fringe First award-winning production of Brian Dykstra’s Clean Alternatives which began at 59E59. Other recent world premieres include: Born in East Berlin by Rogelio Martinez and Seared by Theresa Rebeck (both at San Francisco Playhouse), Education by Brian Dykstra (59E59 Theaters), and Banned from Baseball by Patricia O’Hara (Human Race). Margarett was the resident director at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca where she directed over 25 productions including Private Lives, Cock, Old Times, Clean Alternatives, and most recently The Thanksgiving Play. Other recent favorites include: Shrek the Musical (Connecticut Rep), Used to Was/Maybe Did (Center Theatre Group), The Revolutionists (Human Race) and A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Hudson Stage). During the shutdown, she ventured into the short film and music video world for passion projects such as #Hashtag That-Say Their Name (from the musical Crazy Make Crazy), This Doesn’t Work written & performed by Darian Dauchan and Brian Dykstra and Time Passes for the Resident Acting Company. She also began exploring watercolor and her work is licensed by the New York Historical Society and was a finalist in 2020 Brush & Lyre Prize. Margarett was an artistic fellow with the Lark for years and considered it her theatrical home base.