Convergence-Continuum Announces Works for 2010 Season
Convergence-Continuum has announced its upcoming productions for the 2010 season.
Show 1: Kimberly Akimbo, by David Lindsay-Abaire. Mar 19 - Apr 17. Directed by Clyde Simon.
"A wacky, touching and totally charming dark comedy that gives a whole new meaning to 'coming of age story.'" -NY Daily News. Kimberly is a 16-year-old suburban teenager, but for some reason, physically she's aged at 4½ times the usual rate. (Do the math: 16 x 4½ = 72) And as if all the usual teenage high-school stuff weren't enough, like the nerdy guy in her class that hangs around her all the time, she also has to contend with harebrained parents and a eccentric scam-artist aunt. "Kimberly Akimbo is at once a shrewd satire, a black comedy and a heartbreaking study of how time wounds everyone." -NY Times.
Show 2: Dark Ride, by Len Jenkin. May 21 - Jun 19. Directed by Geoffrey Hoffman
A strange, phantasmagoric tale with stories within stories within stories, involving characters who, at first seem to bear no relation to each other. To name but a few: a mysterious figure gives a scholar an ancient manuscript to translate; a thief steals an enormous jewel; a woman assures us that life is all coincidence; a dream-like waitress serves up plenty to think about, but no food. The images are bizarre, funny and provocative, and they finally coalesce into a pattern when a group of oculists meet for a convention in Mexico City. "The trip itself, like a spooky show in a carnival tunnel, is full of bright, surprising images, scary and funny." - The Village Voice.
Show 3: Hunter Gatherers, by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. (Ohio premiere) Jul 16 - Aug 14.
Directed by Clyde Simon
"Outrageously libidinous knockabout farce meets penetrating social satire in Peter Nachtrieb's hilariously revelatory comedy" -San Francisco Chronicle. Pam and Richard are hosting their best friends, Wendy and Tom, for their annual dinner get-together. An animal sacrifice kicks off the evening, followed by a little more sex, violence, deception, revelations, wrestling and dancing than previous years. A darkly comic evening where the line between civilized and primal man is blurred, and where not everyone will survive long enough to enjoy the brownies for dessert.
Show 4: Say You Love Satan, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacassa. (Ohio premiere) Sep 3 - 25.
Directed by Clyde Simon
Talk about the boyfriend from hell! "One part Dostoyevsky, two parts horror film, one part Revelations, and a dash of queer culture." (Boston Globe), Say You Love Satan is a devilishly hilarious romantic comedy that is smart, hip, literate and hilarious. Andrew, an affable grad student researching Dostoevsky, has the perfect med-student boyfriend, but one night at the laundromat he meets a handsome stranger named Jack. Andrew is immediately smitten as Jack removes his shirt to add it to the wash. Intrigued, Andrew starts dating Jack. Only problem is, hidden by his mop of gorgeous hair, Jack has the Mark of the Beast (666), and his Dad is ... well, the Devil. "Packed with sly pokes at psychobabble, horror tropes, and real-life sex in the city, the script keeps raining zingers." -East Bay Express.
Show 5: Brainpeople, by Jose Rivera. (Ohio premiere) Oct 15 - Nov 13.
Directed by Clyde Simon.
Jose Rivera's latest play is a surreal drama in which a genial, lonely heiress invites two strangers to her once opulent penthouse for a strange feast commemorating the death of her parents. Taking place in a not-so-distant future, the sounds of a war-torn Los Angeles fill the air. She has done this every year, and the two troubled women she has invited stand to take home $20,000 each if they can make it through dessert. Over the course the evening her dark purpose is revealed to be much more than a mere commemoration, as tensions rise, identities transform, and the main dish proves to be not the only thing with claws. "Rivera has created an intriguing and evocative drama with the social and psychological terrors that have leapt from the grottoes of the women's minds" - San Francisco Chronicle. "This real-time drama...offers great insight in how basic human nature can go bizarrely astray when the world is falling apart." - San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Show 6: APORKALYPSE! by Chris Johnston. (world premiere) Dec 3 - 19.
Directed by Clyde Simon.
Our not-for-the-kiddies holiday show is a world premiere by Cleveland playwright Christ Johnston. Christmas, Marines AWOL from Iraq, a Persian love goddess and corporate American agri-business all collide down at Pawpaw's pig farm. (And since it's the holidays, thar's some singin' and accordion playin' too.) For this three-week run, we've added 7pm Sunday performances to the usual Thu-Sat 8pm shows.