AMT Theater to Debut Bettinger’s Luggage in September 2023
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:14 pm EDT 07/25/23

AMT Theater to Debut Bettinger's Luggage in September 2023

Located at 354 West 45th Street, the recently opened brand new 99-seat Off-Broadway theater will introduce a new play written by Albert M. Tapper and directed by Steven Ditmyer from September 19 to October 26, 2023

New York, NY – July 24, 2023 – AMT Theater, located at 354 West 45th Street, was recently opened as a brand new 99-seat, Off-Broadway theater, providing an intimate performance venue for new musicals, play, cabarets, festivals, readings, classes, youth theater and much more. This fall, from September 19 to October 26, 2023, AMT Theater will debut a new play, Bettinger's Luggage, written by Albert M. Tapper and directed by Steven Ditmyer.

Bettinger's Luggage is set on the Lower East Side in the early 1970s and is the heartwarming story of a Jewish family and friends struggling to find success, love, and happiness. Based on a true story, Lou Bettinger runs a notable luggage shop, a staple in the community, which he inherited from his father and which he plans to pass on to his son, George. The only problem is George wants nothing to do with the shop, hoping instead to make a name for himself as a standup comedian. After years of emotionless bad communication their relationship is at a breaking point. Throw in Bessie, Lou's sister who believes she knows best how to run the store; Angel, the Puerto Rican employee who is more like a son to Lou than George is; a young girl suffering from abuse by her volatile husband; an aging Lothario who has eyes for Bessie, plus a cast of colorful characters who populate the Jewish community of Delancey Street, and you have Bettinger's Luggage.

"With Antisemitism on the rise around the globe, I was inspired to write Bettinger's Luggage and normalize the story of one New York City Jewish family, portraying a story that is relatable to all of us – no matter the race, ethnicity or religion," said Albert M. Tapper, writer of Bettinger's Luggage. "We all struggle with family duty and responsibility and finding our own path in the world, so I wanted to write a story that reminds us of what connects us together and the shared human experience."

Tapper is a Broadway composer, lyricist, playwright, humorist, philanthropist, and real estate and financial entrepreneur. His previous written/composed shows include Sessions, An Evening at the Carlyle, Imperfect Chemistry, David, National Pastime – which debuted at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY – and All Aboard. He won a Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting for his 2013 PBS documentary Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy. His latest film, Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter who Ever Lived also aired on PBS American Masters in 2018. Originally from Worcester, MA, Tapper is a long-time New Yorker.

"Bettinger's Luggage offers us an intimate glimpse into New York City in the 1970's. I am excited to explore the multi-ethnic and intergenerational lives of its shop owners, customers and tenants whose lives created the heart and soul of the Lower East Side, said Steven Ditmyer, Director of Bettinger's Luggage."

Starting September 19 to October 26, 2023, the 90-minute play (without intermission) will be available Tuesdays to Thursdays at 7 pm, including Wednesday matinees at 3 pm.

Tickets will be available at $50 with seniors/students (under 18) tickets available at $35. Tickets are now on sale and available at www.amttheater.org.

The cast of Bettinger's Luggage will be announced in August.

Previous shows at AMT Theater include The Addams Family, On The Right Track, The Money Tree, Beauty & The Beast, and others. AMT Theater is also available for rentals/buyouts.

For more information, visit www.amttheater.org
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