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The Measure of a Man

  • The Tank Theater 151 West 46th Street New York, NY, 10036 United States (map)

The Measure of a Man

Part of Dead Parents Club

About the Show

In 1973, my step-father woke in the middle of the night to his second wife thrashing, uncontrollably, next to him in bed. She was having a brain aneurysm. My step-father called for an ambulance. But he still had the problem of the six kids in the house. my step-father ran out the front door looking for help. He found it.One caravan in the trailer park across the street from his house had it’s lights on.This was my parent’s trailer. So, my father drove my future step-father to be with his dying wife while my mother went over to watch her future step-children, with my toddler sister in tow and me in her belly. Three months later I was born. Three month’s after that my father, Billy Joe Lawrence, a long haul trucker, died on the interstate. This is the story of me, a shy and thoughtful kid, my step father, an angry man ruled by grief and rage, and the long shadow cast upon us both by Billy Joe Lawrence, legendary good ol’ boy who died young and handsome and loved by all who knew him.

In his latest solo show, Brad Lawrence tries to figure out the legacy of the two men who would have been a father to him but for all the things that got in the way

At Standard ToyKraft
722 Metropolitan Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11211

This show is a part of The Dead Parents Club Solo Show Festival at Standard Toykraft (June 19-22)! Click HERE for the full series!

$25 Festival Pass Available HERE! The Festival Pass grants you full access to all 8 shows shows for Dead Parents Club! Each show is $10. That's about a million dollars in savings!

About the Festival

If you’re not a member of the Dead Parents Club yet … you will be. That’s why the Tank has brought some of New York City’s top performers to share their harrowing, heartwarming, and often hilarious true life stories of being part of the worst club we all eventually have to join. The Dead Parents Club Solo Show Festival will be held at our partner theater, Standard ToyKraft in Williamsburg, and features storytellers who have performed on The Moth MainStage, RISK! Live, Snap Judgment, and in storytelling festivals and shows literally across the globe.

About Standard ToyKraft

Standard ToyKraft is an artist run theater that offers low-cost performance and rehearsal space as well as a puppet shop and private studios for visual artists. The founders of STK discovered a derelict factory floor located in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. With lots of blood, sweat and more tears than any of us care to admit we transformed this old sweatshop into a community organization. At the core Standard Toykraft is a community endeavor. Our community of artists continues to grow in this tough city because, we provide a supportive refuge for the development of work. We also produce many of our own shows and events including puppet slams, variety shows, vaudevillian weirdness and various spectacles for the amusement of our patrons.

Earlier Event: June 13
The New Works Festival
Later Event: June 20
You'll Be Sorry