The Bench Release

For immediate release


The Bench: a homeless love story

A five-person play starring Robert Galinsky

Directed by Mia Cohen

Tuesday February 14th, 7:30pm,

Dixon Place

161A Christie Street


Valentine’s sweets provided by Annie Mae’s Bakery



New York: The Bench, written and performed by Robert Galinsky, directed by Mia Cohen will get a special Valentine’s Day presentation at Dixon Place (161a Christie Street) on Tuesday February 14, 2017 at 7:30pm.   The show runs 55 minutes, no intermission, and tickets are $18 ($15 in advance) and can be purchased by visiting or calling 866-811-4111. Audiences will also be treated to delicious Valentine’s Day sweets, before and after the show, provided by Chef Danielle of Annie Mae’s Bakery.

The Bench, set in urban decay and rubble, explores the emotional heartbreak of five homeless characters and the catastrophic hysteria surrounding AIDs in the 1980’s. The sparse set is spectacularly integrated with beautiful hand-drawn art projections, from Daphne Arthur’s graphic novel adaptation of the play, and is scored by world re-known composer and multi-instrumentalist Deep Singh.  It’s a unique and fresh blending of visual and audio arts, written by and starring Robert Galinsky. 

Previous performances of The Bench have been called “Galinsky is effortless—really quite extraordinary.” Backstage Magazine; The Bench features ensemble work, being done by one human being, with sustainable characters that have incredible nuances. It is palpably and real.” Anney Bonney, Curator at The Kitchen; ‘Galinsky’s street dwellers speak in their own voices, and their voices ring true.” The New Haven Independent; “Not your normal kind of theatre… it keeps your head moving.” The NY Amsterdam News; “Galinsky herds multiple personalities into an evening of furious poetic justice.” New York Press

Listing info:

The Bench

Written and performed by Robert Galinsky, directed by Mia Cohen

Original Graphic Images by Daphne Arthur; Original musical soundscape by Deep Singh

Tuesday February 14, 2017 at 7:30pm (55 minute run time)

Dixon Place is located at 121a Christie Street

Tickets are $18 ($15 in advance) and can be purchased by visiting or calling 866-811-4111

For more info on Robert Galinsky please visit

Mr. Galinsky, Ms. Arthur and Mr. Singh are available for interviews.  To arrange interviews or press seats, please contact JT Public Relations at (646) 481 – 6583 or email



BackStage has called ROBERT GALINSKY’s acting “extraordinary & effortless” while High Times Magazine says Galinsky is “manic, deadpan & takes aim with psychotic precision.” Galinsky is a contributing writer to The Fresh Toast, is Head Speaker Coach for TEDxTeen, TEDxFultonStreet, and teaches writing and performance at Rikers Island Jail, through the non-profit Literacy for Incarcerated Teens and His work as an artist activist has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, and on The VIEW, NPR, ABC Nightline News and many media outlets. More at

DAPHNE ARTHUR received an MFA from Yale in 2009 and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Solo exhibitions include: RARE gallery in NY and the University of Massachusetts Boston and group exhibitions nationally and internationally at the Honfleur Gallery in DC, City College of NY, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Laviolabank Gallery, Marvelli Gallery, Rush Arts Gallery, Arena 1 in Santa Monica, California African American Museum in LA, Land of Tomorrow in Louisville, Mexic-Arte Museum, 59 Rivoli gallery in Paris and Florence Biennale VIII in Italy.

DEEP SINGH has been steeped in music since the age of three and Singh’s versatility as a performer, composer, producer and engineer has given him a unique place in the music industry resulting in some very innovative collaborations with leading artists from the East and West. Singh has composed music for the prime minister of India (“Anthem of US”), as well as for Broadway musicals and has worked on various projects with Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. In “The Bench”, Singh continues his collaboration with Galinsky and blends pre-recorded score with live improvisation.