'Plaint of the Playwright

'Plaint of the Playwright

[ Thursday, May 04, 2006 ]


Did you know that Mercury Rising opens tomorrow?

Well, now you do.

Tickets can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com.

Now, I haven't seen any of the shows at all, I've only seen the set and a little of a Que-To-Que rehearsal, so opening night, I'll be just as suprised as anyone.

However, Colm McCarthy saw a rehearsal, and I asked him how mine looked. He said to me, "You sappy bastard."

That's a first for me.

Here's the rundown on the shows:

Mercury Rising includes six 15-minute plays by Wisconsin authors. All six plays are performed in the following order each night:

Crowded House
In this screwball comedy, a young man goes to ridiculous lengths to hide his unusual love life from Grandma. Written by Douglas Holtz and directed by Kelly Kriesel.

March, April, June, July; May Be Not
A May-September romance between two covert agents with a hidden agenda. Written by Kurt McGinnis Brown and directed by Tony Trout.

The End of the World
A woman, who has discovered that the world is about to end, struggles to keep her knowledge secret. Written by Karen McCall and directed by Kelly Kriesel.

Lucky Numbers
An actuary and his wife, who are expecting their first child, may fall victim to statistical probability. Written by Gwendolyn Quirk and directed by Tony Trout.

The Maibock Seduction
A corporate raider learns the naked truth about the microbrew business. Written by Doug Reed and directed by Kelly Kriesel.

May Is a Special Time of Year
Two professional snipers, on two different rooftops, talk about every subject except being in love with each other. Written by Rob Matsushita and directed by Tony Trout.

This show is for mature audiences only, and for once, that's not my fault. (Doug Reed, I'm looking in your direction.)

After the Saturday, May 6th performance, there's supposed to be a "playwright's reception."

Now, those of you who read this site regularly (all seven of you) probably remember that I wrote some fairly harsh words about one of the playwrights a few months ago.

So, I'm predicting chilly with a 70% chance of awkward.

posted by Rob on 6:07 PM | link



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