The Hole in the Wall Theater to Stage A CUP OF JOE AT THE IFFY FISH, 4/18-5/10
Submitted for your approval: a seemingly ordinary diner, the kind where weary travelers can get some greasy food and a hot cup of coffee. But your meal comes with a side of the unexpected and you're just as likely to get vampires, aliens, and ghost cowboys as you are home fries. This is the Iffy Fish Diner, the setting for Hole in Wall Theater's third original play this season, and likely its strangest.
Along with television science fiction, writer Scott Stephen Kegler drew inspiration from classic stage comedies like Arsenic and Old Lace and You Can't Take it With You, and underneath its wild and weird trappings is a rich character study."It's a unique show in which every role is a part for the character actor," says director Scott J. Hoffman, "hero, love interest, and villian." Kegler also wrote last fall's hit family farce Whacked, and promises to bring big laughs and edgy humor to this show as well. This is the third play in Hole in the Wall Theater's "Connecticut-Grown" series featuring works by local authors from page to stage.
A Cup of Joe at the Iffy Fish follows two travelers, Mike and Jesse who stop into a roadside diner, looking for a bite, and maybe a nice cup of java. But what they get instead is a trip that will bring them face to face with their darkest fears, homicidal government agents, a blood-thirsty lady of the night, and much more in this twisted, hilarious homage to the Outer Limits, Route 66, and, of course, The Twilight Zone.
The cast features Michael Vernon Davis of Niantic as Rod, Elizabeth Bernard of Manchester as Darla, James DeMarco of New Britain as Maurice, Ryan Wantroba of New Britain as Jesse, Nathan St. Martin of Chesire as Mike, Heather Auden of Colchester as Aunt Tee, Kelley Mountzoures of Plainville as Gretchen, Scott Stephen Kegler of Willimantic as Claude, Johnny Peifer of New Britain as Agent Franklin, Samantha Baker of Meriden as Agent Scott, and Shane Kegler of Mansfield as Murphy.
This fresh and absurd comedy debuts in a four week run, opening April 18 and continuing through May 10. The performances are on Friday and Saturday Nights at 8:00 PM, with two Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM (April 27 and May 4). Tickets are available by calling (860) 229-3049 or visiting The Hole in the Wall Theater website at www.hitw.org.