THE STORY: Thousands of miles from his war-torn native Croatia, Drazen spends his days betting on horses at a Lower East Side Off-Track Betting establishment. His friend Ken, a Nigerian no longer welcome in his own country, joins him. Drazen is going to help Ken win at the ponies - and aid him in making payments on his brand new livery cab. Both men quickly discover that no matter what part of the world you come from, America can be a dangerous place.
""Mike Batistick's punchy New York story, PONIES?is about the precariousness of immigrant life in New York after 9/11?Mr. Batistick has a good ear for dialogue, and his foulmouthed, cruel banter has the ring of truth."" - NY Times. ""In Mike Batistick's brisk drama?a seedy Lower East Side Off-Track Betting center is the most hopeful place in New York."" - The New Yorker. ""A bracingly uncensored exploration of the tensions and treacheries in a beleaguered male subculture?You can almost smell the reek of frantic hope in the seedy Off-Track betting-shop in PONIES, where we see three recent immigrants backing horses, sweating on the results and trading insults. You could not accuse Batistick of sentimentalising the trio?It's PONIES to which I raise a double measure."" - Independent (London). ""Mike Batistick's sharp-as-a-flick-knife play centres on Drazen, a sinister comic rogue, who is happy to destroy those around him in order to suit his febrile whims?Batistick's vision is horrifying, because it shows Drazen as a monster who knows little about other cultures, but is happy to feed off the prejudices that power American society in order to further his own ends."" - Time Out London.