Edinburgh Fringe Playbill Pick Palatable Gay Robot is crossing the pond next month for a one-night-only engagement at Ars Nova.
On December 1, the solo show will play the popular New York non-profit as a part of its slate of developmental work, with the production simultaneously broadcast on Ars Nova Supra, the company's digital streaming platform.
Written by and starring Broadway's Stephen Brower, the piece reimagines Brower as Billie Bowtie, the latest AI product from fictional future company HumaVibe. With programming perfect for gossip, date nights, and fundraisers, he’s never overbearing or offensive, and always knows the right thing to say, serving as the perfectly palatable gay robot in a heterosexual world.
The show begins with a voiceover from a trustworthy product designer (Alison Luff), welcoming Billie into the world. Billie is charming, charismatic, and well-dressed, but there is a bug in his programming. As the demonstration begins to fall apart at the seams, the near human vulnerabilities at the core of Billie's consciousness begin to spill forth.
Directed by Zachary Prince, Palatable Gay Robot previously played London's Phoenix Arts Club, in addition to its successful Edinburgh Fringe run. This iteration of the show is curated by Ars Nova Vision Resident Chris Murphy.