Watch Common and the Cast of BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY Play a Game 

10 Seconds to Plot

Common plays 10 Seconds to Plot

Dan Meyer
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December 1, 2022 11:00 AM

There are some plays that can be hard to summarize. Take, for example, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize–winning Between Riverside & Crazy, a family dramedy coming to Broadway this fall. The play begins previews December 1 (originally November 30) at Second Stage’s Helen Hayes Theater with an opening night set for December 19.

Ahead of its premiere, Theatrely asked Common, Tony nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson, Liza Colón-Zayas, and more to play 10 Seconds to Plot. Check out the results below!

Common is making his Broadway debut as Junior is joined on stage by several cast members who originated roles in the 2015 world premiere Off-Broadway at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theatre. Between Riverside & Crazy also stars Victor Almanzar as Oswaldo, Elizabeth Canavan as Detective Audry O’Connor, Rosal Colón as Lulu, Liza Colón-Zayas as Church Lady, Tony nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson as Pops, and Michael Rispoli as Lieutenant Caro.

Directed by Austin Pendleton, the production features scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Alexis Forte, lighting design by Keith Parham, and original music/sound design by Ryan Rumery, with casting by Telsey + Company.

Between Riverside and Crazy follows ex-cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his recently paroled son Junior, as they struggle to hold on to one of the last rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive. Together, they face sketchy new houseguests and much more in a dark comedy that explores what happens when the good ol’ days are gone.

(Video production by Brandon Schwartz)

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.