Driving in Circles: a new musical by Jay Eddy
Directed by Sam Plattus

Driving in Circles is a solo-ish new work that traverses the highway between confessional monologue, stand-up comedy, and rock concert. Set to a sometimes whispering, sometimes screaming folktronica score, Driving traces the aftermath of intimate violence—mapping our hero’s darkly funny, deeply felt, defiantly hopeful journey through the bodymind-altering landscapes of trauma towards something like happiness.

Content Transparency: This performance explores healing after trauma and contains discussion of sexual violence, suicide, and PTSD. It does not contain visual depictions, reenactments, or explicit descriptions of violence.

Featuring Jay Eddy*, Zach Fontanez, and Jordan Palmer.

An exciting new show featuring the talents of collaborators from two of last season’s productions, Eat Your Young and Alligator-a-Phobia in 3D!

Curious about what Driving in Circles sounds like? Listen to “Dog Days!”

Stage Manager: Fanni Horváth*, Scenic Design: Danielle DelaFuente, Lighting Design: Kevin Fulton, Costume Design: Eric Tran, Projection Design: Maria Servellon, Sound Design: Gage Baker, Voice/Text Coach: Ashleigh Reade

“Eddy has undeniable stage presence and a startlingly elastic voice, able to coo and screech, howl and sing.” —The New Haven Independent


Pay-What-You-Can Previews Thursday, March 21 (7:30 p.m.), Friday, March 22 (8 p.m.), and Saturday, March 23 (8 p.m.).


Special events during the run of Driving in Circles:

Friday, 3/22
Affinity Night: Songwriters’ Night
We invite songwriters to celebrate Driving in Circles in community. Use code IWRITETHESONGS to purchase $20 Adult/$8 Student tickets (discounted from $40/$10). <<If you are a songwriter and cannot attend on the 22nd, use code IWRITETHESONGS for discounted tickets to any performance of Driving in Circles!>>

Monday, 3/25
Opening Night
Join us for a post-show reception!

Tuesday, 3/26
Post-show conversation: Permission to Write Your Story

Wednesday, 3/27
Post-show conversation: What Makes a Jewish Play?
In collaboration with JArts, moderated by Laura Mandel, Executive Director of JArts.

Tuesday, 4/2
Post-show conversation: Writing New Musicals
In collaboration with The Dramatists Guild of America


JAY EDDY is a writer, composer, and performer. Their semi-solo show Driving in Circles won the Richard Rodgers Award (American Academy of Arts and Letters), as well as the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award and Musical Theatre Award (Kennedy Center). The Gull, their musical adaptation of Chekov’s ЧАЙКА, also won the Kennedy Center’s Musical Theatre Award. They are a current Artistic Research Fellow with the Folger and a recent New Jewish Culture Fellow, New Harmony and Yaddo resident, New York Foundation for the Arts and Connecticut Office of the Arts fellow. Their work for the stage has been called, “Bracingly original, astonishingly resourceful, and daringly theatrical,” and, “a joy to listen to…a beautiful tapestry of sound.” As a performer, they’ve been called, “Kate McKinnon on a cocaine bender.” MFA Playwriting at BU, MA Music Theatre at RCSSD.


SAM PLATTUS is a director, performer, and producer from New Haven, CT. Their work has been described as being “an intimately affecting laboratory,” “staged with unlimited inventiveness,” and “brutal and brilliant.” Sam has directed at the Portland Stage Company, The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, The Players Theater, SoHo Playhouse, Lyric Hall, and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and has been supported by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, The New England Foundation for the Arts, The Barn Arts Collective, and The Dragon’s Egg. They are a graduate of Bowdoin College with a BA in English and Theater; and an alum of the Advanced Directing Program with the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.



*Appearing through an Agreement between Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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March 21-April 6, 2024


Boston Playwrights' Theatre
949 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

Performance Schedule:
Tues., Wed., Thurs. at 7:30 p.m.
Fri. at 8 p.m.
Sat. at 8 p.m.

Mon., March 25, at 7 p.m.
Sat., April 6, at 2 p.m.

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