The Menier Chocolate Factory today opens public booking for Alex Edelman – Just For Us, which opens at the Menier after a smash-hit sell-out extended season in New York. The production reunites Edelman with director Adam Brace – who have collaborated since 2014.
Presented in New York by Mike Birbiglia, the production was a NY Times critic’s pick; and received 2022 Drama Desk, Off-Broadway Alliance and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations.
The production opens at Menier Chocolate Factory on 18 January, with previews from 11 January, and runs until 26 February.
Just For Us takes the audience through hilarious anecdotes from Alex Edelman’s life — his Olympian brother AJ, an unconventional holiday season, and a gorilla that can do sign language — but at its centre is an astonishing and frighteningly relevant story. After a string of anti-Semitic abuse is directed at Edelman online, he decides to covertly attend a gathering of White Nationalists in New York City and comes face to face with the people behind the keyboards. The result is a hair-raising encounter that gives Just For Us its title and final, jaw-dropping twist.
Just for Us is presented by special arrangement with Sonia Friedman Productions.
Alex Edelman is a comedian and writer whose Orthodox Jewish upbringing has informed critically and commercially acclaimed work for the stage and screen. He is known both for his solo shows – three, all award-winning, sell-out hits in London’s West End and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – and for his TV writing. At the start of the pandemic, he served as the head writer and executive producer of Saturday Night Seder, a star studded 70-minute special, posted on YouTube, that has so far raised $3.5 million for the CDC Foundation (COVID-19) Emergency Response Fund.