Uncle Philip’s Coat
just might have you rethinking family gatherings. Emmy Award-winning composer and playwright Matty Selman is bringing his family’s story to the stage in an award-winning show that he labels “a biographical piece.” The New Yorker goes on to add, “The stories that are depicted are from my life, and the life of my family.”
Inspired by his uncle, Selman’s one-man show has traveled the country and makes its Houston debut at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston. “Uncle Philip was a very iconic figure in my life,” the actor says. “He [had] this amazing old coat with pockets full of charms and candy and little penlights, things he would give to me. Through a child’s eyes, this man was just a king, the most magical person I ever saw.”
Yet, as Selman grew, he saw his uncle in a truer light. “He was almost a homeless person. He just barely got by as boardwalk peddler, selling Waterman fountain pens and women’s bras.” Uncover the vagabond’s secrets with Selman, perhaps best known for his collaboration with Iris Burnett on The Gefilte Fish Chronicles
(music and lyrics), as well as his original compositions for CBS’s Martha Stewart Living
8 p.m. October 22 and 3 p.m. October 23. 5601 South Braeswood. For information, call 713-729-3200 or visit erjcchouston.org
. $16 to $30.