The Players

Theater, Benefit Performance

November 16 and 17

Eric Bogosian’s

100 Monologues

Directed by Jo Bonney


To benefit our return to the East Village, PS122 brings together widely acclaimed playwright Eric Bogosian and director Jo Bonney along with their close friends for two-nights of hand-selected performances from Bogosian’s 100 Monologues series.

Originally performed by Bogosian himself, many of these Off-Broadway solos were first seen on the stages at PS122 between 1980 and 2006. In 2013, Bogosian put together a cast of his influential friends to star in the filmed version of these monologues to be released online as a series. Being performed for the first time with this iteration of characters, these benefit performances feature screen and stage talent such as David Cale, Michael Chernus, Billy Crudup, Craig ‘muMs’ Grant, Gaby Hoffman, Marin Ireland, Richard Kind, Matthew Maher, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Anson Mount, Jennifer Tilly, along with Eric Bogosian himself.







The performances of 100 Monologues benefits PS122’s Give Performance Space (GPS) campaign – a capacity campaign to launch PS122’s growth as an organization with the goal of better serving the artists and audiences of New York City. Returning to our home of over 35 years in 2016 after a major City-led renovation, this moment provides PS122 with a unique opportunity. Unlike funds from a bricks and mortar campaign, the GPS campaign gives PS122 the flexibility to take risks, adapt and grow as a leader within the cultural ecology of New York City.

ThePlayersLogoThe Players is a private social club in New York City founded in 1888 when Edwin Booth, the greatest American actor of his time, purchased a Gothic Revival-style mansion facing Gramercy Park and commissioned architect Stanford White to transform it into a certain club “for the promotion of social intercourse between the representative members of the dramatic profession and the kindred professions of literature, painting, sculpture and music, and the patrons of the arts.”

Eric Bogosian (Writer and Perfomer)


Bogosian is best known as a playwright, novelist and actor. He wrote and starred in the play, “Talk Radio” (NYSF – 1987; on Broadway starring Liev Schreiber-2007), for which he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and the Tony award. For his film adaptation of the play Bogosian received the Berlin Film Festival “Silver Bear.” His six solo performances Off-Broadway between 1980 and 2000, (including “Drinking in America”, “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll” and “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”) received three Obie awards. In addition to “Talk Radio”, Bogosian has written a number of full-length plays including “subUrbia” (LCT, Second Stage, also adapted to film), “Griller” (Goodman), “Red Angel” (Williamstown Theater Festival), “Humpty Dumpty” (The McCarter), 1+1 (New York Stage and Film). He is also the author of three novels, “Mall”, “Wasted Beauty” and “Perforated Heart” and a novella, “Notes from Underground.” In April 2014, Theater Communications Group published the full collection of Bogosian’s monologues, titled “100 (monologues).” In April 2015, Little, Brown published “Operation Nemesis”, Bogosian’s non-fiction account of the conspiracy that targeted and assassinated Turkish leaders responsible for the Armenian genocide.


As an actor, Bogosian has appeared in numerous films and television programs, starring in Robert Altman’s “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial”, Oliver Stone’s “Talk Radio”, as Travis Dane in “Under Siege II”, as Eddie Nash in “Wonderland” and as Captain Danny Ross in sixty episodes of “Law & Order: CI.” In 2010, he starred on Broadway in “Time Stands Still” with Laura Linney, Brian Darcy James and Alicia Silverstone/Christina Ricci. Recent guest star appearances on television include “The Good Wife” and “Elementary.”


Bogosian is a Guggenheim fellow. He lives in New York with his wife, director Jo Bonney.


Jo Bonney (Director)


Bonney’s directing credits include Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Father Comes Home from the Wars” at The Public Theater Lab; Michael Weller’s “Beast” at New York Theatre Workshop; Naomi Wallace’s “Fever Chart” at The Public Theater Lab and “Hard Weather Boating Party” at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays; Alan Ball’s “All that I Will Ever Be” at New York Theatre Workshop; Eric Bogosian’s “subUrbia”, Charles Fuller’s “A Soldier’s Play” and Lisa Loomer’s “Living Out” at Second Stage Theatre; Will Power’s “The Seven” at New York Theatre Workshop and La Jolla Playhouse (Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical); Neil LaBute’s “Fat Pig” at MCC Theater and the Geffen Playhouse and “Some Girl(s)” at MCC Theater; Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls” at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Christopher Shinn’s “On the Mountain” at Playwrights Horizons; Nilo Cruz’s “Anna in the Tropics” at Arena Stage; Universes’ “Slanguage” at New York Theatre Workshop and Mark Taper Forum; Lanford Wilson’s “Fifth of July” at Signature Theatre Company (Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival); José Rivera’s “Adoration of the Old Woman” at La Jolla Playhouse and “References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot” at The Public Theater; Diana Son’s “Stop Kis” and Anna Deavere Smith’s “House Arrest” at The Public Theater; Jessica Goldberg’s “Good Thing” at The New Group; John Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger” at Classic Stage Company; Danny Hoch’s “Some People and Jails”“Hospitals” & “Hip-Hop” in the United States and Britain; and numerous solos including “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll”“Pounding Nails” in the Floor with My Forehead; “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee” and plays by Eric Bogosian in the United States and Britain.


Ms. Bonney is the recipient of a 1998 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Direction and the editor of Extreme Exposure: An Anthology of Solo Performance Texts from the Twentieth Century (TCG).


Anson Mount (Executive Producer, Performer, PS122 GPS Committee)


Anson Mount is perhaps best known for starring as ‘Cullen Bohannon’ in AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” which recently finished airing its fifth season, and for which he also serves as Producer. He has also appeared in the films “Non-Stop” opposite Liam Neeson, “Safe” opposite Jason Statham, “City By the Sea” opposite Robert DeNiro, “Pool Hall Junkies” with Christopher Walken, “Tully”, “Hick”, “Cook County” (for which he also served as Producer) and the upcoming “Mr. Right” with Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick. Anson began his theater career when he began ushering for PS122 at the age of 20. He then went on to star in Terence McNally’s controversial “Corpus Christi” for which he was honored by the Drama League. Other theater credits include “Three Sisters” at CSC, “Cymbeline” at NYSF, and “Mourning Becomes Electra” with The New Group. He lives in Brooklyn.

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