TRIPLE CROWN ROUND-UP ROYALE

Welcome to the first ever TRIPLE CROWN ROUND-UP ROYALE, that’s three round-ups, representing three new plays and their respective playwrights, PLUS the playwrights in the field that brought us all the tantalizing tidbits.  There you go, a TRIPLE CROWN ROUND-UP ROYALE.

April 7

ALMOST FREE by Tim Duncheon with reporting by Isaac Rathbone

George W.

George W.

Tim Duncheon brought us new pages from his play Almost Free which will be presented IN FULL on May 20th to close out the Soap Gets In Your Eyes reading play festival. Admission to these readings aren’t “almost free,” they’re COMPLETELY FREE! Anyway, Tim’s play is a hilarious farce about colonial medicine, American history and slavery.  It’s an edgy look at how much American race relations really haven’t changed in over 200 years. We all secretly wished that Tim was our “cool” college history professor. Maybe next cycle, he can start wearing corduroy blazers with elbow patches and say things like, “Don’t call me Professor Duncheon. You can call me Tim.”

Some highlights of the night included:

  1. Tim D cannot tell a lie: George Washington owned slaves. Think about that the next time you throw down a dollar bill at a restaurant or strip club.
  2. The play is set in Philadelphia during a yellow fever epidemic in 1793. Treatments included bloodlettings and eating bark. Pssh. Thanks, Obamacare.
  3. Like Tim’s other plays, Almost Free featured a “man of mystery.” #wherearethewomen?
  4. Ike ordered a BLT from Mikey’s and again they made a mistake and he received a burger instead. Thanks, Obamacare.
  5. We had no feedback discussions regarding real estate. Nothing. The evening felt incomplete.
  6. One of the characters signed the Declaration of Independence. What have your character’s done lately?

April 14

POSTED by Brandon Marianne Lee with reporting by Matt Barbot

Emily Post

Emily Post

Whee!

This go-round we had the beginnings of a brand new play by our resident fantasy football fanatic femme fatale (that’s alliteration, for you English majors) Brandon Marianne Lee!

Posted is Brandon’s new play about the doldrums of the hyper-masculine corporate banking world, with all the fat jokes and casual sexism that it entails. Who better to shake things up than early twentieth century author and expert in etiquette Emily Post? (No one better, is the answer, in case you were wondering.

THINGS WE LEARNED

  1. In Brandon’s play, the company’s Lactation Room serves as a male-free refuge for the women to congregate and plot. In reality, they’re usually pretty bland and poorly decorated. We lamented that something as cool and important as a room devoted entirely to lactation could be treated as an afterthought. For shame!
  2. Brandon’s character Octavia is based on an actual living person named Octavia with whom Brandon works. Don’t worry, though! Octavia knows she’s being transmogrified into a fictional character, and will probably be at the reading! Come on out to meet the fake Octavia and the real Octavia and see if you can tell which is which!
  3. We had a minor disagreement about whether Brandon’s character Catherine had been possessed by the spirit of Emily Post, was pretending, or had experienced an emotional break. There were only minor injuries.

Come to the reading of Posted on Sunday, May 17th, at 1:00PM, but remember your manners and be on your best behavior.

April 21

HAGS, MOPES, AND THE END OF ALL EXISTENCE by Jen Browne with reporting by Amanda Keating

Chickens in a bathtub.

Chickens in a bathtub.

Last week, Jen Browne brought us the beautiful, strange story of Mopes and Hags, two folks long past their prime who, as they await the imminent destruction of the world and their accompanying demise, find an unexpected gift of biblical proportions on their doorstep. Mopes and Hags unknowingly contemplate the great questions of existence, all while gazing into the eyes of their former selves and keeping their family of chickens (yes, chickens) out of weather-related-harm’s way.

Things we learned?

  1. In the event of an earthquake, make sure the chickens are in the bathtub. …or is it a tornado?
  2. Some humans are sexually attracted to comets.
  3. What’s so bad about a hiccup: “They never amount to anything they just disappear and then everybody’s glad they’re gone.”

Like what you hear? Well you can hear it all if you come to the reading of Hags, Mopes, and the End of All Existence at 1:30PM on May 10. Just come! This play is beautiful and also very funny.

April 28….

Wow, wow, wow, let’s not get ahead of ourselves…Tonight we hear Natalie Wilson’s festival offering The Innkeeper and then that’s right it’s ALMOST FESTIVAL TIME!

SOAP GETS IN YOUR EYES: a festival of new plays runs May 10 through May 20 at Shetler Studios.  The full schedule and details can be found HERE.

Soap Gets In Your Eyes

See you there!!