"Or Current Resident"

A New Play by Joan Bigwood '82

A scene from The Fight

The multi-generational Finches have weathered a rapidly-changing community in the heart of Silicon Valley crammed together in rambunctious harmony. "Or Current Resident" throws the covers off an eccentric little universe that has survived on fortitude and self-deception; a universe that now lies shivering in the cold glare of unexpected, untenable revelations.

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 Dates  Saturday, February 3 - Sunday, February 25

Days & Times: Mon, Thurs-Sat at 8:00 pm and Sun at 3:00 pm

Location: Theater for the New City, (155 First Ave. b/w 9th and 10th Sts.)

Price: $18 Tickets may be purchased online.

Run Time: 90 minutes, No intermission


-There will be a talkback following the February 11th performance

-The February 12th performance is Pay What You Will. Use code PWYW, and consider making a donation online or at the theatre.

About the Play

Developed as part of Squeaky Bicycle's Reading Lab, this play explores the ever-relevant topic of the social and economic strains the shrinking middle class endures every day. Part of our shared experiences as Americans is how we survive under the weight of booming economic growth in the tech sector. While the 1% receives tax breaks that increase their net worth, the withering middle class is exploited in the media to be 'on the rise.’ Millionaires are made overnight and we endure the distortions of social media while gentrification pushes us from our homes; ripping us away from our history as if we never existed. The issues the Finch family faces--uneven income, gentrification, mental illness, criminality, cyberbullying--are common to all of us. Delivered with sharp wit and poignancy, you’ll want to join the Finch Family on this unbelievable journey!


Theater for the New City Presents Squeaky Bicycle Productions'  “Or Current Resident” Written by Joan Bigwood ‘82 and directed by Brandi Varnell

Featuring: Betty Hudson, Bettina Goolsby, Krystle N. Adams, Curry Whitmire, Carly King, and Michael Vitaly Sázonov.


About the Playwright

Playwright Joan Bigwood is a graduate of Smith College who studied scriptwriting under Olwen Wymark in London. “A flair for doggerel” earned her an international prize sponsored by Givenchy and inspired the book and lyrics to "Hats Off!" about a London hat shop. That production was shortlisted for the prestigious Vivian Ellis Prize and staged by Theatre Workshop of Nantucket in 2016, with music by Mollie Glazer. Joan’s first novel, Co-opted won an IndieReader Discovery Award in 2011.


About the Company

Squeaky Bicycle Productions founded in 2010 and dedicated to new works, is now a resident company of Theater for the New City. The company values the development process, seeking to nurture every contributor's artistic journey, offering a safe place to take risks and explore the depths of their talents.  Brandi Varnell is Artistic Director; Kathryn McConnell is Executive Producer and Literary Manager.