Playwright Brandon Ramos Stages The Palooka at the Access Theater in NYC March 2nd - 12th

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Brandon Ramos, New York-native author and playwright, opens full-length play, The Palooka, to the Access Theater Stage in New York City March 2nd through March 12th. The Palooka follows the seductive story of Lloyd, a career boxer in early 1950's Philadelphia.

Brandon Ramos, New York-native author and playwright, opens his first full-length play, The Palooka, to the Access Theater Stage on March 2nd. Directed by Jeffrey Lawhorn and in association with Emerging Artists Theater Company, the play will run until March 12th.

Intrigue and obscurity steer The Palooka, a searing drama set in 1950’s Philadelphia. The play depicts Lloyd, a career boxer, on a pursuit to escape the marred routine of the ring. In his quest for deliverance, Lloyd unknowingly follows an old friend down a path of treachery and deceit.

“Oddly enough, it was an article in the Times that motivated me to write the play,” says Ramos. “The piece described the life of a boxer surviving out of necessity alone. I liked the juxtaposition of what his actual life was like as a fighter versus what it could have been as an athlete. Plus, the boxer was from the same borough that I was living in at the time, so it resonated even more.”

Ramos is no novice to the New York stage. Winner of the 2005 Sam French Short Plan Festival, his one-act entitled The Sweet Room brought him accredited distinction in New York’s off-off-broadway theatre scene. Ramos has also received acclaim for his work in sketch comedy performed by The Brothel at Caroline’s in 2004. A full collection of his work can be found at Villian Publications.

“I’ve never seen actors devour a script so quickly or so entirely,” says Lawhorn, who staged the first public reading of the script. “This is such a unique experience because of the live boxing element at the top of both acts. It’s a very theatrical way to show how all of these characters really are fighting for their lives.”

Lawhorn is a member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab and Emerging Artists Theatre Company. He is currently working with Moises Kaufman, Artistic Director of Tectonic Theatre Project.

The Palooka features a brilliantly talented cast including Steve Kuhel, Gerry Goodstein, Doug Friedman, Chris George, and Karen Stanion. The Palooka is slated for a two-week run at Access Theater, located at 380 Broadway and White Street in downtown Manhattan. With performances nightly at 7:30 (no shows Mondays) at 7:30pm, and matinees on Sundays at 2:30pm, tickets can be purchased at or by calling 1.866.811.4111.


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