Sunrise Presents 'Sleepwalk With Me'
Keeping its run of award-winning movies going strong in September, the Sunrise Theater presents the comedy/drama "Sleepwalk with Me," a film about a burgeoning stand-up comedian [who] struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.
"Sleepwalk with Me" is a comedy written by, directed by and starring comedian Mike Birbiglia, based on a true story he told in his one-man, off-Broadway show and his first book. The film also features Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn, Carol Kane, Cristin Milioti and Aya Cash.
It won the Best of Next Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in January. This film is not rated and runs for 90 minutes.
"Sleepwalk with Me" will be shown from Thursday, Sept. 20, through Monday, Sept. 24, with screenings weekdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
The following plot summary comes from the Rotten Tomatoes website, where the film received a 89 percent positive rating from viewers:
"I'm going to tell you a story, and it's true. ... I always have to tell people that." So asserts comedian-turned-playwright-turned-filmmaker Mike Birbiglia directly to the viewer at the outset of his autobiographically inspired, fictional feature debut.
Birbiglia wears his incisive wit on his sleeve while portraying a cinematic surrogate. We are thrust into the tale of a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship threatening to race out of his control, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.
The film opened in key cities to very good reviews. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times writes, "I like this movie. More important, I like Mike Birbiglia in it. Whether he has a future in stand-up I cannot say, but he has a future as a monologist and actor."
Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly notes that "feats of raconteur storytelling are always tricky to translate into something effective and fluid enough to be movie-worthy... 'Sleepwalk With Me' sticks the landing."
The historic Sunrise Theater, located at 250 NW Broad St. in Southern Pines, is nonprofit. Ticket prices are $7 for all shows and are only available at the box office before each show. Refreshments, including beer and wine, are available.
For more information on this film or any activity at the Sunrise, contact the theater at (910) 692-3611 or go to www.sunrisetheater.com.
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