The Weird Sisters Present LATE: A COWBOY SONG by Sarah Ruhl, 7/21-8/5
The Weird Sisters Theatre Project continue their 2014 summer season with Late: A Cowboy Song by Sarah Ruhl at Actor's Express theatre, July 21-August 5. The play is an early work of the award-winning playwright about perpetually late Mary, a woman who is desperately searching to find herself. Marrying her childhood sweetheart, Crick, has come with a sense of security yet tons of baggage. They seem to be happy. Enough. Until Mary reunites with her old friend Red, the alluring and magnetic cowboy who just happens to be a woman. Mary is caught in a struggle between societal expectations and experiencing true freedom. Music, poetry, and the mysteries of love collide in a way only Ruhl can achieve. This play is for all the lady cowboys of heart and mind who ride outside the city limits of convention. The marvelous cast of Late: A Cowboy Song features Weird Sisters Founding Member, Kelly Criss (Ophelia, Hamlet: Shakespeare Tavern) as Mary, Christen Orr (Martha, Spring Awakening: Actor's Express) as Red, and Jacob York (Bennett Riggs, Angry Fags: 7 Stages) as Crick. With Founding Member Jaclyn Hofmann directing, original music by Daniel Hilton and puppetry by Beau Brown (Center for Puppetry Arts), this production is sure to be a feast for the senses. The play will run in repertory with the Actor's Express production of The Rocky Horror Show.
"Here as ever, Ruhl has a finger to her chin in poetic meditation, with the added attraction of a youthful yodel in her heart." - Washington Post
About the Playwright
Originally from Chicago, Sarah Ruhl received her M.F.A. from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. In 2003, she was the recipient of the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright's Award and the Whiting Writers' Award. She is a member of 13P and New Dramatists and won the MacArthur Fellowship in 2006. She is also the recipient of the PEN Center Award for a mid-career playwright. Her plays have been produced all over the country as well as internationally. A few of her other works include: In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Broadway 2009, 2010 Pulitzer Prize Finalist), The Clean House (2005 Pulitzer Prize Finalist; The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2004), Dead Man's Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play), Passion Play, a cycle (Pen American Award, The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center) and Eurydice (NAACP Image Award nomination).
"For our 4th summer of production, we wanted to share some special stories about unlikely friendships. Criminal Hearts between an agoraphobic and her would-be burglar and Late: A Cowboy Song between a new mother and a mysterious cowboy (who also just happens to be woman). These stories challenge our traditional ideas of what female friendships can be - and how sometimes the more complicated a relationship becomes, the more value and worth it can hold for us. With strong female directors at the helm of both shows (Nichole Palmietto and Jaclyn Hofmann) we're very excited to share these fantastic, quirky, and lovable women's journeys." -Kelly Criss
"All of us 'Weird Sisters' were absolutely ecstatic when Freddie Ashley agreed to host Late: A Cowboy Song to run in rep with The Rocky Horror Show! I have had the distinct pleasure of working at Actor's Express in the past and all the Founders have a profound appreciation for the outstanding caliber of art they achieve production after production. We have been so lucky to have the opportunity to produce at amazing theatres (The Shakespeare Tavern and Aurora Theatre) and we are thrilled to branch out into a new venue and start building our relationship with Actor's Express. This venue is perfect for this production and their core audience will LOVE this show." -Veronika Duerr
About The Weird Sisters Theatre Project
The Weird Sisters Theatre Project was founded in 2012 by a coalition of artists associated with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. With a mission is to foster and cultivate opportunities for women in the theatrical arts. The Weird Sisters Theatre Project is committed to creating theatre by women, for everyone. Past productions include, the critically acclaimed hits Anton in Show Business by Jane Martin, Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood, and Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson.
For more information: http://www.shakespearetavern.com/index.php?/news/show/the_weird_sisters_theatre_project/
Tickets Available at:
Parking Deck attached to The King Plow Arts Center/Actors Express Theatre:
887 West Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318