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Meet Leonard.

Leonard's a white man in his 70s. From the Midwest, came to Berkeley in the mid-60s to go to Cal and never left. Was involved in the campus free speech movement, bounced around the Bay Area, lived for a while in the early 70s on a commune in Sebastopol. In the 80s, was a co-owner of Berkeley’s first (and most important!) video rental store. He had a falling out with his partners when that business collapsed in the late 2000s. His marriage collapsed in parallel. Since that time has become increasingly reclusive, dedicating his energy to his YouTube channel, where he exposes the hidden truths of our country.

Do you know a Leonard?

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Listen to this teaser and stay tuned for more. We'll release new sound bytes every day leading up to the world premiere release of THE FLATS this Friday, October 23!

Learn more about THE FLATS: auroratheatre.org/the-flats

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https://youtu.be/U_qbRotHP7Y

Meet Brooke.

Brooke is an early 30-something African American, middle-class, fairly successful in that formula that almost all fourth-generation middle-class people are: means, exposure, and access. He’s not lazy, so there’s that, too. His circles tend to lean white; if not white, well-assimilated people of color. He hasn’t been sleeping much lately because of chronic pain, and with his fatigue goes his inhibitions. Turns out he’s angry as fuck. At just about every collective community and identity, including himself. And, you know what? He loves people too. When he’s not angry, he’s happy as fuck, and that’s most of the time. The other big chunk of time, he’s depressed. Being angry gets him out of his depression, funny or depressingly enough.

Damn, the people he hangs with when he’s angry. Lackeys who don’t call him out for overdoing his “urban” diction at times which could actually be due to the fact that he’s really real comfortable code switching. He’s intellectually sex-positive, but in his body he’s a prude, so he’ll openly and without judgement listen to anyone’s musing about sex and sexuality but he will never ask questions or share any details from his personal sex life. His lover’s married and in a polyamorous relationship. Knowing that a quarantine was to be declared, she invited him to live with her and her husband. He declined, but maybe now regrets it. She may be who/what he’s fleeing to or just as likely it's someone else.

Do you know a Brooke?

***Listen to this teaser and stay tuned for more. We'll release new sound bytes every day leading up to the world premiere release of THE FLATS on Friday, October 23.

Learn more about THE FLATS: auroratheatre.org/the-flats

Learn about Aurora memberships: auroratheatre.org/memberships

Get Tickets to THE FLATS: members.auroratheatre.org

#AuroraTHEFLATS #AuroraTheatreCompany #AuroraTheatreCo

https://youtu.be/P9tzQIo5TXs

Meet Harmony.

Harmony's a cis, white, 40-something. She’s been a housewife and mom of three (9,12 and 14) for about fifteen years since she married Mark but all that is crumbling with her marriage. Harmony is used to doing yoga with other rich moms, eating at fine restaurants and ordering expensive wine with her formerly faithful husband, and getting really frustrated with her kids (all of whom are getting entitled and greedy).

But not all is perfect in Harmony's world. Mark and her are getting separated. She is supposed to have a perfect life but it’s not: it sucks, she feels empty, she feels like she wasted her whole life. She hasn’t felt good (or felt anything) in a long time.

Do you know a Harmony?

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Listen to this teaser and stay tuned for more. We'll release new sound bytes every day leading up to the world premiere release of THE FLATS on Friday, October 23.

Learn more about THE FLATS: auroratheatre.org/the-flats

Learn about Aurora memberships: auroratheatre.org/memberships

Get Tickets to THE FLATS: members.auroratheatre.org

#AuroraTHEFLATS #AuroraTheatreCompany #AuroraTheatreCo

https://youtu.be/oSSXC1NvUl4