Damaged Goods

“Women fake orgasms to have a relationship, and men fake relationships to have orgasms.”

Written by Jack Rushen

Directed by Gregory Fletcher


  • Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7:30pm

Language: English

Location: ART/NY (520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10018)


Damaged Goods is a farce, taking an unconventional look at dating through the eyes of two 30-somethings, Bill and Debbie. While it seems that love may never come to them, we witness their lives in flashback, from a distant father, to a hooker mother who stood on 43rd and 8th, welcoming her daughter to come and study algebra in her “down time.”

Will love come to them? Or are they just too unconventional to have the pleasure of a life partner?

A little bit Durang, and a little Ives, Damaged Goods is a dark comedy with wild characters and strange situations, until Bill and Debbie actually meet, and prove to themselves that “Good things do come to those who wait.”

About the Playwright:

This year, Jack celebrates his 25th year in show business, working in clubs, stage, television, and film. He began his professional acting career in Michael Moriarty's production of RICHARD III, which he performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He also appeared in several regional theatre productions, including THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON, ETHAN FROME and THE DOCTORS DILEMMA at New Haven's esteemed Long Wharf, and was also seen at the Hartford Stage in ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, under the direction of Mark Lamos.

Jack is a member of the Emerging Artists Theatre in New York City, where several of his comedies and dramas have been produced. Recent projects include a short film, TEMPORARY HELP, and his first feature film AMONG FRIENDS, is to be shot in the fall of 2012.

Awards include first place at the Georgia Theatre Conference for his play "Testimonial", first place at the Milford Arts Festival for "The Crossing", a finalist in the "Arts and Letters Prize" at Georgia State University, The Boston Theatre Marathon, and many others. Film writing awards include the NEW YORK FILM FESTIVALS, COLUMBUS FILM FESTIVAL, and the LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL to name just a few.


Ellen Reilly
Nicholas Wuehrmann
Lue McWilliams
Michael Cleeff
Joe Popson

Access to the Reading:

Pay $5 at the door and get a glass of "vino"