A new play opened in previews this week that Long Islanders might take a particular interest in. It’s called The Babylon Line, named after the southern branch of the Long Island Railroad. The play takes place in 1967 Levittown, in an adult education creative writing class. Josh Radnor, of How I Met Your Mother fame, and Elizabeth Reaser, of the Twilight films, star together as teacher and student who share a special attraction.
Julie Halston plays Midge Braverman, another student, one of three women also taking the class. “They are three housewives from Long Island, they’re Jewish—Frieda Cohen, Anna Cantor and I play Midge Braverman,” said Halston. “I think I am the character who is the most optimistic.”
She continued, “She [Midge] has a more open mind than the other two and has the capacity to maybe move beyond the cookie cutter mentality of just living in Levittown.”
The play, written by East Meadow native Richard Greenberg, is an homage to Levittown. “Levittown in a way became a real symbol in America of everything what was cookie cutter, stereotypes, mass produced, assembly lines,” Halston said. Her character desires more.