NEW YORK — The sequel to the humorous hit play “Where Is Your Groom? (Pesad Oor Eh)” will debut on Sunday, March 26, at Miller Theatre in Manhattan.
Three years after its original debut at New York City’s Players Theatre, followed by 10 performances around the country, America’s favorite Armenian comedic family returns in this funny, smart, and culturally relevant play that ties together elements of the Armenian-American experience as the Keshishian family prepares for their daughter’s wedding.
Audience members last saw Lara celebrating with her overjoyed family when she finally found her “pesa,” (groom), but her elation quickly diminishes at the start of the sequel when both sets of parents want to plan the wedding their own way. While the bride begins to reconsider her choices, Yaya’s online dating site becomes a hit to the chagrin of her new competitor, Marie the Matchmaker. Adding more complication, Lara’s “odar” (non-Armenian) ex-boyfriend plants seeds of doubt, fan-favorite Artem continues his search for a “hars” (bride) on the Bosphorus, and Lara’s brother Saro is on a quest to find himself as he dodges his mother’s mile-long “hars” lists.
Hailed as an “insightful, heartwarming and laugh-out-loud comedy,” this stand-alone family story is one that touches all generations. Audiences will find familiar faces on stage as well as new ones who have joined the 20-person cast and crew consisting of active Armenian young professionals from the New York metro area.
“The combination of the play’s unique humor and the matriarch Siroun’s infectious personality is what attracted me to become part of this production,” said Nairi Hartounian, a graduate student at New York University. “It was the perfect opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone while representing my Armenian heritage.”
After seeing a performance of “Where Is Your Groom?” Nvair Beylerian was eager to join the cast for the sequel and portray a matchmaking character new to the play’s canvas.