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SmokeyScout Productions is producing Carter’s Play, written and directed by Josh McIlvain, this May at the Crane Arts Old School.

Carter's Play is the anti-feel good play about low budget art-making. Featuring a play within a play, a set built on stage during the performance, emotional manipulation, sex, and cheapness all in the name of theater. Both naturalistic and highly theatrical, Carter's Play explores the motivations and moral gray areas behind art, collaboration, and how people like to recast themselves in their stories.

This is the first full-length play that SmokeyScout Productions has ever produced and that is why we need your support! It's a much bigger endeavor than our past shows (Deer Head, Wild Punch, Boat Hole, et al) and we want to do it right. Your contributions help us build and design a dynamic set out of a super-special space (an atrium-like room that was once a church), have a lighting designer and lights, plus actors, rehearsal space, props, sound, costumes, assistants, you name it. We greatly appreciate your consideration of this request. And I am sure you will agree that the benefits attached to your donation make giving completely worthwhile! 

Show dates: May  9 (preview), 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19. All shows at 8pm, except Sunday May 13 at 2pm

Performers Jennifer Summerfield, Sarah Robinson, Patti Moore, Chris Davis, Mark Cairnsand Josh McIlvain Lighting Design Catherine Lee Set Design Bert Archer Written by Josh McIlvain Directed by Josh McIlvain and John Rosenberg Produced by Deborah Crocker and Josh McIlvain

Venue: The White Space at Crane Old School, LP, 1417 North 2nd Street (2 blocks North of Girard, just north of Northern Liberties area). We will be transforming the enormous White Space into a dynamic stage where the traditional meets the unexpected.

Carter’s Play has been in development for nearly 2 years. It first had a first-draft reading at the Walking Fish Theater in the fall of 2010, and in May 2011, we produced a more formal reading and soiree at the Underground Arts Center. The play benefited greatly from both readings and from all the actors and audiences who participated in them. The idea for Carter’s Play was first seeded nearly 12 years ago, when the first couple of pages were written down just as a way to store the idea for possible later use. Later use ensued.

See what these intelligent people have been saying about the shows by SmokeyScout Productions:

Wild Punch was chosen as one of Merilyn Jackson’s 2011 Theatre Highlights: Critic’s Choice (Broad Street Review)–and we quote: ”James Tolbert and Josh McIlvain . . . gave fascinating psychological performances.”

Deer Head is off the wall. It’s also highly recommended if you’re into well-crafted short-form comedic theater. Director Josh McIlvain has a gift for creating improbable situations that keep getting more absurd.” Deni Kasrel, Philadelphia City Paper 

Boat Hole name one of 2010′s “10 Essentials at Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe.” Philly Weekly

“Brings on the funny and the offbeat, tinged with an urban edge.” Philadelphia City Paper

“Josh McIlvain seems magically able to churn out funny shorts.” philly2philly.com

“A very worthwhile show . . . they were all great!” Papermag.com

“With wit that redirects like a great sleight-of-hand trick.” Phawker

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