The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in Partnership with The Naked Stage presents FREE Stage Readings: Mizlansky / Zilinsky or “Schmucks” by Jon Robin Baitz
Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY. 11937.
Lead Artist: Josh Gladstone. Set in the ever-so-sleek and slick Hollywood of the ’80s, this dizzily funny, yet jarringly sober play revolves around the manic film producer Davis Mizlansky who is on the brink of being done in by the IRS. Desperate to save himself, and morals be damned (if he ever had any to begin with), he comes up with a scheme he’s sure will save the day—and might just make him some money to boot. In order to make his idea work, he must convince his former partner, Sam Zilinsky, to come on board with the businessman who can make the deal to produce celebrity-narrated Bible stories for children. Mizlansky and Zilinsky square off and chaos ensues as Zilinsky confronts Mizlansky with the wreck his life has become. Is the offer of selling shares in a phony tax shelter a form of redemption? Mizlansky thinks it is. They get away with it, but Zilinsky knows it is a deeper form of betrayal.