Eddie and Dave
by Amy Staats
directed by Margot Bordelon
Atlantic Stage 2
January 10 – February 17, 2019
A raucous retelling of the rise and fall of Pasadena’s most groundbreaking 80s rockers told through the foggy lens of a lonely, out of work MTV-VJ.
Fresh off of her acclaimed run as performer and collaborator in The Mad Ones’ Miles for Mary comes the Off-Broadway playwriting debut of the “impressive” (The Village Voice) Amy Staats!
Eddie and Dave is a gender-bending new play by Amy Staats (Miles for Mary, Atlantic’s Tow Playwright-in-Residence) about hubris, friendship, family, fame, musical genius and what happens when the person you need is the one you find most irritating.
Running time: Approximately 90 minutes, no intermission.
Cast & Creative
“Mind-bending glee! In the world of glam metal, peacocks of any sex can prance to the earsplitting sound of power chords.”
Ben Brantley, New York Times
“Smart & funny! Its masterstroke is to cast women as the band, a choice that effortlessly transforms the play into a vivacious dissertation on the performance of gender. In a better world, this is what a Broadway jukebox musical would look like.”
Rollo Romig, the NEW YORKER
“Eddie and Dave makes spectacular use of its female actors in male roles, under Margot Bordelon’s super-sharp direction. They have that androgynous thing down pat, what Mick Jagger personified before he turned 30.”
robert hofler, the wrap
“Big wigs, bigger guitar licks, and a splashy backstage dish-o-rama of epic rock-and-roll proportions.”
sara holdren, new york magazine
“A big-hearted, unabashedly goofy rock bioplay! Eddie and Dave throws us back to the glory days of 1980s hair metal.”
helen shaw, time out new york
“A hilarious fable of rock ’n’ roll! 100 minutes that are indeed as magical as they are ridiculous.”
zachary stewart, theatermania
“Hilarious, unexpectedly touching & altogether delightful reimagining of one of classic rock’s last, best epic rivalries. A requiem for a bygone time.”
elyse gardner, new york stage review
Photos by Ahron R. Foster