About the Play

Making its world premiere as part of the 2017 NY Summerfest Festival Competition, Goodbye Buddy is the second full-length play by up-and-coming playwright Brian Kraker. Teaming up with Kraker for the second time is director Alex Katz, who brings to the play an equal balance of humor and poignancy. Goodbye Buddy stars Maureen Yvette Germain, Harrison Scott, and Dan DeCarlo. The production will also feature the transformative and minimalist set design of Ashley Petix.

“We are incredibility excited to premiere this work as part of NY Summerfest,” said writer and producer, Brian Kraker. “So many people have put a tremendous amount of work into this project and we’re thrilled to share this play we’re all so passionate about.”

Goodbye Buddy is a dark comedy about a woman sentenced to death and what happens when two guards discover they’re all out of ways to kill her. But when the execution goes awry, Buddy develops a relationship with one of the guards in an attempt to stay alive. Along the way, Buddy discovers the reason for her imprisonment, plays the free pass game, and even sings some Billy Joel. Beyond the debauchery, Goodbye Buddy is a play about the absurdity of government, finding friends in the most unlikely of places, and confronting death.

With this play, Kraker and Katz set out to ask member of the audience, “How would you want to be remembered in your final moments?”


Performance dates

Monday, July 17 – 6:15pm

Friday, July 21 – 9pm

Sunday, July 23 – 3:30pm


Hudson Guild Theatre

441 W. 26 Street, New York, NY

(Between 9th and 10th Avenues)


About NY Summerfest

The NY Summerfest Festival Competition has become one of the largest music and theater festivals in just five years. It is a festival created by playwrights for playwrights.