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Ben Target in LORENZO. Photos by Carol Rosegg.

LORENZO by Ben Target takes audiences on a whimsical journey through the quirks and challenges of intergenerational cohabitation. Directed by Adam Brace and Lee Griffiths, this true-life tale unfolds with a delightful blend of humor and heart.

As a unique pre-show ritual, Target, the playwright himself, mingles with the theatergoers, offering coffee from his thermos. He engages the audience in a thought-provoking exercise, asking them to fill out a form with the question, 'What is your fantasy death?' It's a slightly morbid but undeniably intriguing way to kick off the evening. The audience willingly participates, setting the stage for the unconventional journey that is about to unfold.

The narrative revolves around Target's poignant choice to leave his career as a stand-up comedian to care for his dear "Uncle" Lorenzo Wong. Lorenzo, a lifelong family friend who played a paternal role in Target's life, has suffered a stroke, prompting Target to return to his side after a fifteen-year absence. The emotional bond between them, forged through understanding and shared experiences, is at the heart of this touching tale.

The show then continues, showing how they navigate their new living arrangement. Tensions inevitably arise between them, resulting in comedic mishaps and heartfelt moments. Target's witty and energetic performance brings the characters to life, capturing the essence of their dynamic relationship with authenticity and charm. He depicts the hardships of caring for an ill family member with a light-hearted touch. For example, when they try to figure out which biscuit goes well with morphine tea shots-ginger snaps!

LORENZO is, at its core, a sweet story about the power of laughter in the face of adversity, caring for one's loved ones and knowing when to pause to do so.

Don't miss your chance to experience LORENZO's heartwarming journey! This show promises to leave a lasting impression.

Check out our interview with Ben Target.


Written and Performed by Ben Target

Directed by: Adam Brace & Lee Griffiths

April 24- May 19, 2024

59E59 Theaters (59 E. 59 St., NYC)


Yani Perez, M.F.A, is a poet, playwright, translator, and educator. Her plays have been presented in various theaters in the United States such as La Mama and Yale University as well as internationally in Bogotá, Colombia. She works at IATI Theater, one of the oldest Latinx theaters in NYC. She is currently working on translations of Latinx artists in hopes of introducing them to English-speaking audiences.


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