A PLAY + A PINT: Reading Series

Laughing Wild shows us different perspectives of two troubled people trying to live in the chaos of New York City. Act One shows us the Woman, a disturbed individual prone to violent outbursts about people she hates like Sally Jesse Rapheal and Mother Theresa. She struggles for peace in her life, and wishes that people would understand her unique perspective. Act Two tells us about the Man, a truly anxious but kind person who is comically failing at shifting his personality to a positive perspective through affirmations and meditation. Hilarity ensues in Act Three when these two meet in a subconscious reality of overlapping dreams. Laughing Wild is a hysterical and unusual show that examines people’s quest for happiness in a heightened reality.

Andrew and Melissa, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years, war, marriages, carriers, and raising children. Through the letters it is eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be. This is a unique and imaginative theatre piece which, in the words of the author, “needs no theatre, no lengthy rehearsal, no special set, no memorization of lines, and no commitment from its two actors beyond the night of performance.” The piece is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny  – but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.

In this heart warming and humorous memory play set at Christmas, a writer recalls his boyhood and the Oklahoma homestead his family lost to the dust bowl. They spent the hard scrabble winter of 1934 in Kentucky with an elderly aunt and uncle. The boy Jamie (who appears with the adult writer James) looks for Christmas in the woods and finds a wounded rabbit and a mysterious old woman. He responds to her bitterness with kindness and they exchange the real gifts of Christmas.




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