3M, 1F When a catastrophic environmental accident threatens to derail Kurtz Petroleum, it's up to documentarian turned big oil public relations guru Jaime Kurtz with the help of his commercial making bro-buddy Aaron and Aaron's drug dealer Manny to come up with the perfect pitch to save the company, his relationship with his environmentally conscious fiancé Brittany, and his stolen dog. Packed with drugs, sex, and spin doctoring, Crude is a black comedy about the price you pay for selling your soul in the new millennium.
World Premiere directed by Kel Haney With W. Tre Davis, Eliza Huberth, JJ Perez, Nico Tortorella (TV Land's Younger) at Theater 511 @ Ars Nova April 26 - May 21, 2016
REVIEWS Jordan Jaffe “Both Tortorella and Davis, also on top of his form, make scarifying the scene when, drugged to the gills, they run up a frightening commercial in which they lean heavily and cynically on the regularity with which Americans come together in times of crisis. Huberth and Perez complete the hot quartet. They’re directed with understanding and skill by Kel Haney.” -- HUFFINGTON POST
"Tortorella surfs the switchbacks of Jaime's moods with unusual grace…[he] is the pleasure of this production" -- NY TIMES
"...cleverly written by Jordan Jaffe...Crude is full of self irony and little delicious nuances… the salty humor is backed up with fresh and somewhat unconventional performances, inventive director’s work and a disturbing drama of the modern generation.” --ONSTAGE
"Under Kel Haney’s tactical direction, Crude challenges audiences to consider what is worth fighting for. This dark comedy boldly makes a statement about the struggle of staying true to one’s identity and values – and how failing to do so can be the reason one's life goes up in flames." -- STAGEBUDDY.COM