by Brian Parks
directed by Margarett Perry
November 2 – 19, 2017
After twenty years in their dream house, Martyn and Shanny Redmond are downsizing and just sold the home directly to the perfect thirtysomething couple, Fischer and Lindsay Libett. Or so they thought. Sure that the Libetts will keep the place exactly as they’re leaving it, the Redmonds invite them for drinks, casual conversation and to hand over the keys. But when Fischer and Lindsay reveal they are planning major renovations, Martyn and Shanny have second thoughts and a pleasant get together becomes an outrageously hilarious battle of wills with over-the-top results.
“If the laugh meter had been on, the opening night audience would have broken it, as the onstage antics prompted grins and guffaws and outright howling.”
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Thursday night Preview Performance
Inside Track pre-show discussion, begins in the Loft lobby at 7:15 pm
Audio Described / Sign Interpreted performance (available with two weeks notice)
Lite Fare food and drink available for sale in the Loft lobby starting at 5:30 pm
Opening Night with post-show cast party in the Loft lobby
Sawbuck Sunday, all available seats just $10 at the door starting 2 hours prior to performance
Talk Back: “While We’re on the Subject” post-show discussion (following the matinee performance)
Brian Parks is an American playwright whose work has been produced in New York City as well as several cities across the U.S. The plays have also been produced internationally, in London, Edinburgh, Ireland, Adelaide, Heidelberg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, and Oberzeiring, Austria. His play, Americana Absurdum, helped launch the New York International Fringe Festival in 1997, where it also won the Best Writing Award. Americana Absurdum went on to win a Fringe First award at the 2000 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and became one of the first plays staged at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory theater. His other plays include Goner, The Invitation, Imperial Fizz, American Poodle (Splayfoot), Suspicious Package, Out of the Way, The Professor, The House, and The Golfer. In New York City, he has worked with the Present Company, Clancy Productions, and Word Monger theater companies, and he has an ongoing relationship with the Renegade Theatre Experiment in San Jose, California, which has produced three of his plays. Americana Absurdum, Goner, American Poodle (Splayfoot), and Imperial Fizz have all appeared at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, staged at the Assembly Rooms. Imperial Fizz has been published by Josef Weinberger, Ltd., London, and The Invitation has been published in the collection Plays and Playwrights 2010, by the New York Theater Experience, Inc., New York City. Brian Parks has also served as the theater editor of The Village Voice in New York City, and as Chairman of the Obie Awards. He is a graduate of Brown University and holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brooklyn College. He has been a playwright in residence in his own residences. benjoya.com
Margarett is an award-winning director of new plays. She is a regular at The Human Race Theatre Company where her credits include Hail Mary!, One Slight Hitch, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Other Desert Cities, God of Carnage, The Retreat from Moscow, Painting Churches and the world premiere of Michael Slade’s Under a Red Moon. She has directed and developed new work Off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country as well as in Los Angeles, Scotland and London. She is the Resident Director at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca where she has directed over 20 productions including Seminar, Sunset Baby, Old Times and Private Lives as well as world premieres by Rob Ackerman, Rachel Axler, Brian Dykstra and Brian Parks. Perry was the Producing Artistic Director of Access Theater in NYC for six years where she directed and produced numerous plays and world premieres. She is an Artistic Fellow at The Lark Play Development Center where she has worked with a variety of writers developing new plays. Recent projects include Brian Dykstra’s Use to Was (Maybe Did) with Center Theatre Group, the world premiere of Seared by Theresa Rebeck at San Francisco Playhouse, Shrek the Musical at Connecticut Rep and Clean Alternatives by Brian Dykstra at The Kitchen Theatre. www.margarettperry.com
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
+Resident Artist of The Human Race Theatre Company.
The Director is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an independent national labor union.