Evan Zes brings his one-man hit show ‘Rent Control’ home to San Jose and to the homeland in Athens, Greece
NEW YORK – Rent Control, the Off Broadway hit written and performed by Evan Zes, is a personal story of survival as a struggling actor living in the heart of New York City. Evan is bringing his one-man show to the Tabard Theatre in San Jose, CA for a one-night exclusive engagement on Thursday, June 14 at 8 p.m. before heading to Athens, Greece June 20-30.
Born and raised in San Jose in the San Francisco Bay Area, actor/writer Zes portrays some 30 different characters in this wild-but TRUE one-man-play that recounts a period in his life as he struggled to survive, live and pursue his acting career in New York City.
“Well this crazy thing that happened to me,” writes Zes on his website, “as it was happening, I thought to myself, ‘Pay attention cuz one day this is going to make a great story. It’s not a great story now because it’s happening to me and I want to die. But someday…”
Well as luck would have it, “someday” eventually arrived and he lived to tell about it. “I didn’t die,” he says. “Now, I’m glad that crazy thing happened to me because I wrote a play about it.”
When Evan falls backwards into one of the few remaining rent-controlled apartments in NYC, he finds a way to make money and pursue his dream, turning the apartment into a lucrative Airbnb scheme – that is, until his moneymaking scheme backfires threatening to ruin his life. This cautionary tale has had audiences howling with laughter and at the same time on the edge of their seats. Critics have called it “…cheerfully profane,” a “…surprise thriller” and “…dangerously hilarious”.
Rent Control had back-to-back sold out runs beginning with its debut at the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival and following with the 2016 Fringe Encore Series at Soho Playhouse. Evan has since performed the show at Penguin Repertory Theatre in Stony Point, New York, The Rye Arts Center in Rye, New York, Cleveland Playhouse, Hartford Stage, The Complex Theatre in Hollywood, The Greek Cultural Center in Astoria, Queens, and Teatro Jaco in Jaco Costa Rica.
It was at Evan’s performance in Astoria that caught the eye of Emmy award-winner and Yale Drama School trained actor/writer Yannis Simonides, who spoke with him about taking Rent Control to Greece. Simonides is the founder and director of the Greek Theater (Elliniko Theatro), an international performing arts organization based in New York and Athens.
When asked recently about any updates to the play for the Athens performances, Zes told The National Herald that “the Athens version will have more about his grandparents and their immigration to America,” noting there is a “bigger pay off at the end.”
Evan is thrilled to be bringing the show to his hometown in San Jose first where his parents, Tikey and Teddy Zes, still reside along with family and friends.
Tickets are currently available for the June 14 performance. The intimate Tabard Theatre is located at 29 N. San Pedro Street in downtown San Jose. For tickets and more information about Rent Control, visit www.evanzesrentcontrol.com.
HOMEPAGE PHOTO BY FLETCH MCTAGGART
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