Jeffrey Bean, Elizabeth Bunch and More Star in World Premiere of Theresa Rebeck's FOOL at Alley Theatre, Beg. Tonight
Alley Theatre presents the world premiere of a new comedy by Theresa Rebeck, Fool. In Rebeck's new comedy, two kings get together and place a wager on their fools - a jester competition, and the funniest one gets to keep his head. Two evil minions have a lot to say about this, but not as much as the kitchen wench. And what's the queen been up to all night? A dramatical comical farcical tragical play about power, love and laughter, set in a medieval kitchen. Adult Language, Adult Situations, Beheadings.
"I wanted to write a comedy about comedy, and about power, and the desperation behind comedy," Playwright Theresa Rebeck says. "My play is set in the sub-kitchen of a 14th century castle, where, on the whim of a royal, a court jester could lose a head. But a Fool's wit, resilience and joy can turn things about and inspire us to laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. Is it similar to corporate power struggles in today's culture? One can only hope."
Fool is the fifth play by Theresa Rebeck to be produced by the Alley, starting with the hugely successful Bad Dates in 2005, which Arts Houston called "dazzling." In 2007 the Alley produced The Scene, called "tightly written, sharply observed, and all too true . . . first-rate social satire" by the Houston Chronicle. The "cunningly crafted suspense comedy" (Houston Chronicle) Mauritius followed in 2009. The Alley Theatre's most recent production of Rebeck's work was the "juicy black comedy" (Variety) What We're Up Against in 2012.
In the past two seasons, Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck's comedies, Seminar and Dead Accounts opened on Broadway. Seminar received rave reviews including: "the funniest show on Broadway" (WOR), "surprising and witty" (Wall Street Journal), "enormously entertaining" (Variety) and "one of Rebeck's best works" (Associated Press). USA Today called Dead Accounts "Rebeck's most robustly entertaining Broadway entry to date, with dialogue that crackles and purrs." Rebeck's writing is described by the NY Daily News as showing "smarts, topicality and zingy dialogue" and the Houston Press writes "Rebeck's dialogue is deliciously rich with wry observations about the current human condition." In addition to writing and producing for Law & Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue, she is the creator of the NBC drama SMASH and one of its executive producers. Her play, The Scene, which the Alley produced in 2007, has been turned into a feature film titled Seducing Charlie Barker in 2010. She was named one of the 150 Fearless Women in the World by Newsweek in 2011.
Fool also features Joey Collins as Elliot (Alley Debut), Alma Cuervo as Queen (Alley's You Can't Take It With You), Sean Dugan as Marvel (Alley Debut), Carine Montbertrand as Lizabeth (Alley Debut) and Jeremy Webb as Stuart (Alley's A Few Good Men).
Fool features scenic design by Neil Patel and costume design by Judith Dolan. Lighting design is by Japhy Weideman with music composition and sound design by Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen and Fight Director Brian Byrnes. Fool also features Voice, Text And Dialect Coach Barney Hammond with New York casting by Pat McCorkle, McCorkle Casting, ltd. and Assistant Director Brandon Weinbrenner.
Fool, by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Gregory Boyd, begins performances tonight, February 21 opens officially Wednesday, February 26, and runs through March 16, 2014 on the Hubbard Stage.