The Sublet Experiment

sublet2.gifThe Sublet Experiment. A traveling play. But in ordinary apartments rather than theaters.

Hoboken is featured February 1st through 4th at 823 Washington Street. Tickets are $20 and available on their website. Details below.

Actual NYC Apartments Provide the Setting for The Sublet Experiment

The Sublet Experiment, a new romantic comedy by Ethan Youngerman, will begin an open-ended run on November 16th. Instead of using a conventional theater, The Sublet Experiment, which is set entirely in a New York City apartment, will be presented in a different apartment each weekend. Directed by Michelle Tattenbaum, the production will travel from neighborhood to neighborhood across the five boroughs and be performed for an audience of twelve at a time.

In The Sublet Experiment, a serial sublettor, a reality show reject and the worst bank robbers in history collide. It is a comic thriller about love, identity and identity theft as two young people try to find themselves but end up finding each other.

“There’s something similar about apartments and relationships – a new relationship, like a new apartment, is a chance to re-invent yourself,” says playwright Ethan Youngerman. “And New Yorkers are so obsessed with real estate because where you live has a huge effect on how you live.”


“Performing the play in different apartments,” director Michelle Tattenbaum points out, “also enables us to discover to what extent the play re-invents itself in each new venue. Is the play different in Astoria than it is in Harlem?”

The play is presented by Ethan Youngerman, Michelle Tattenbaum, and John Pinckard. Youngerman’s plays have been workshopped or performed at MTC, FringeNYC, the Irish Arts Center and the Hangar Theater. He’s a recent graduate of the NYU Dramatic Writing MFA and his first feature-length screenplay is in pre-production with RGM in Australia. Tattenbaum has directed for the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, FringeNYC, Here Arts Center, and NY Musical Theatre Festival. She previously directed Youngerman’s play An Archipelago of Clouds for FringeNYC. John Pinckard produced the 2005 FringeNYC hit Silence! The Musical (currently preparing for its Off-Broadway transfer) and the 2006 FringeNYC hit production of Daniel MacIvor’s Never Swim Alone. He most recently presented the first annual FringeNYC Encore Series with co-producer Britt Lafield.

The Sublet Experiment runs Thursday through Sunday, beginning November 16th. Performances are at 8pm on Thursdays and Fridays and at 7pm on Saturdays and Sundays. (No shows Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s weekends.) The location changes each weekend. Please visit for detailed information about performance venues. Tickets are $20, available at or 212-352-3101.

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