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Bender and Brian
Not many know the true story of Bender and Brian. Judd Nelson and Anthony Michael Hall were not the first actors cast in John Hughes’ iconic movie The Breakfast Club. Initially, two other actors played the roles, but were fired after an altercation that occurred while filming the scene when they go to take their jackets off at the same time. This pivotal day was, well, pivotal for our original Bender and Brian, as they went on to live their lives together. This is their story.
Trish Harnetiaux and Knud Adams‘ worked together most recently on Harnetiaux’s Clubbed Thumb Summerworks production of Tin Cat Shoes this past May. Other plays by Harnetiaux include How to Get into Buildings, Weren’t You in My Science Class, and Welcome to the White Room. She’s developed work at Brooklyn College, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Ars Nova Play Group and Playwrights Horizons Super Lab. This past season, Adams directed Tin Cat Shoes (Trish Harnetiaux, Clubbed Thumb), Marie and Bruce (Wallace Shawn, JACK), Aloha, Aloha, or When I Was Queen (Eliza Bent, Abrons), The Workshop (Torrey Townsend, Soft Focus), and Asshole (Justin Kuritzkes, JACK).
Playwright: Trish Harnetiaux
Director: Knud Adams
Performers: Ikechukwu Ufomadu & Jacob A. Ware