"Something Old, Something New, and Something In-Between: An Evening of One-Acts"
Fancy Pants Theater opens Friday, April 12th with an evening of one-act plays that span from the 1960's to modern day. “Something Old, Something New and Something In Between,” showcases the writing talents of three playwrights, including an original play written especially for the evening by local playwright PS Lorio.
The entire evening of one-acts is directed by Robert C. Walker and features Benjamin Hooper, Alex Hudson, Preston Koning, Lars Loofboro, Heather Cerridwen and Megan Schwark.
"Something Old, Something New and Something In Between” opens Friday, April 12 and continues Saturday April 13, Friday and Saturday April 19, 20 and 26, 27. Curtain times for all Friday and Saturday shows are 8pm and tickets are $10.00.
There are two Thursday shows, April 18 and 25, with curtain times of 7:30pm. Thursday performances are “Roll The Dice and Pay Your Price” night, with tickets prices ranging from $1 to $6, depending on your luck.
Reservations can be made by calling the theater at 269-599-6437 or by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets are also available at the door one hour prior to show times. Fancy Pants Theater is located at Studio 246 North Kalamazoo Mall, right next door to Lotsa Little Things Gallery.
“Something Old, Something New and Something In Between,” starts off with the absurdist “Keep Tightly Closed In A Cool Dry Place” - “something old” - by sixties radical playwright Megan Terry and concerns three men who share the same jail cell for a murder they all conspired to commit. Or did they? In trying to solve that question, the three men enact surreal scenes of betrayal, bullying and male bonding in a serio-comic and
highly theatrical exploration of social behavior and the roots of violence. Borrowing bits from pop culture, playground games and even American History, Megan Terry – in her own particularly playful way – asks us to think about social conditioning, such as ruthless competition, homophobia and emotional repression. The ideas are filtered through shifting realities or transformations performed by the actors, some stark, some comic and some downright silly, and leaves the audience to decide if a murder really took place or not, and if the dream of escape from jail ever becomes a reality for the three inmates. “Keep Tightly Closed” was originally produced by the Open Theatre in 1965 with a cast that included Joseph Chaikin.
The second one-act - “something new” - is an original play commissioned for this production, by local playwright PS “Penny” Lorio called “He and She.” Lorio's “Hungarian Trilogy” had its regional premiere at Fancy Pants last November. The comedy centers around two people, Henry and Sheila, who are on a “second honeymoon” in London in what may turn out to be a vain attempt at saving their marriage. However a twist occurs when Henry realizes that he grabbed the wrong suitcase at the airport, and in trying to figure out who owns the suitcase, opens it and discovers the suitcase is filled with cash. Henry wants to keep the money so he can finally realize his dreams of a better life, while Sheila is filled with concern that they have money belonging to criminals who will be coming to grab the cash and maybe do them harm. The humorous dialogue between the two highlights the distance in their marriage and whether or not they should keep the cash or invest it in a laundromat. Throughout their comedic back and forth, they discover many aspects of themselves as individuals
and their marriage. Whether they stay together or not is left to the audience to decide.
The third and final play - “something in between” - is Rupert's Birthday by Ken Jenkins, a one woman monologue that was originally produced by Actors Theater of Louisville in 1981. It concerns the story of Louisa as a child and events that took place in one night – events that forced her to grow up, but also left her emotionally locked in time. Often funny, but also deeply insightful and moving, the play tells the story of Louisa, a simple and rural farm woman, assisting at the birth of her bull calf Rupert, who was born on the same day as her brother, Orville. Louisa, at the tender age of thirteen, must deal with her mother giving birth to Orville, the birth of Rupert as well as the her own coming of age as a young woman faced with adult responsibilities. The play is filled with poignant insights about rural girlhood as it follows the thread of Louisa's life and tells us why the only holiday she acknowledges or celebrates is Rupert's.
Don't miss this rollercoaster of eclectic one-acts. Call and reserve your tickets today!
246 N. Kalamazoo Mall
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
We're located right next to Lotsa Little Things Artist Co-Op and Stahrs of Kalamazoo, inside of Studio 246
in-between the Arcadia Creek Festival Site and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.
Stay fancy, friends!