Charlie and Nancy are on vacation at the beach. They've had a good life, and they've earned a little rest. Or maybe they've earned a little life. But things change when some visitors show up.
Like Albee's best known play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Seascape explores the interpersonal relationships within and between and older couple and a younger couple. That's pretty much where the similarities end. While it has Albee's great wit, strong prose and sharp dialogue, Seascape is much warmer and more redemptive. It also is more... well more fun. Written as a reflection of or perhaps answer to absurdist trends in theatre in the 70s, Seascape involves a flight of fancy. The younger couple are giant lizards. But while the lizards are a fantastic element, Seascape is not truly an absurdist play. The lizards are treated as full characters. Under their scaled exterior, we (and more importantly Charlie and Nancy) learn that they're loving, kind, curious, scared, and very human.
More than anything, this play is about change. About the way our lives change with time, about about being able to change and grow no matter what one's age, and about the necessity of being able to adapt to the changing world around you. Sometimes that means learning to like, or at least accept rap music. And sometimes.... well sometimes it means learning to like your new neighbors. Even if they are talking lizards that came out of the ocean.
Common Ground, 4815B Hillsborough Road Durham, January 3-5, 9-12, 16-19. Shows at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM.
WHY WE NEED YOU: Putting on theatre isn't a money making venture. We're hoping to raise around $900, which is the cost of the set and costumes for our show. If we can at least raise this much, then additional ticket sales will only have to cover our venue costs, royalties and marketing.
WILL THE SHOW HAPPEN IF YOU DON'T HIT YOUR GOAL? Yes! But getting $900 would do wonders for our ability to fund the rest of the costs and the inevitable unplanned incidentals.
MORE SHOW INFO: Our company blog is http://southstreamproductions.blogspot.com/. Check back for rehearsal photos and other ruminations.
Risks and challenges
Risks? Well, low probability of tornadoes, very low chance of Godzilla attack. ... I mean, something can go wrong I suppose. But we have a really strong team of people working on it and I'm sure we're up to the challenge.
The biggest challenge will be getting YOU to come see it. So support the show with a kickstarter pledge. We need your participation to build interest and commit to going. It will also help us defray some costs we have already incurred up front. Cash flow is a problem with small independent theatre and your participation will help us bring this show to the Triangle.
We have a strong team to bring this production to you. The cast are all experienced actors that most in the Triangle acting community will recognize. John Honeycutt will appear as Charlie, and Julie Oliver will play Nancy. The lizards (Leslie and Sarah) will be played by Ryan Brock and Samantha Corey. Brook North will direct and the stage manager will be Andy Hayworth. Our creative team also includes Shannon Clark (Costumes), Todd Houseknecht (Set and Lights), and Will Mikes (sound design), Daniel McCord designed our graphics.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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