Buck Creek Players Continue 39th Season With ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT, 1/25-2/3
Albert's oldest son, Rueben, played by Joe Siefker, is a dim hunter slouching into middle age, ostracized by the men in his family and the children of the town of Escanaba for his annual inability to bag a buck. Rueben joins his father, his brother Remnar, played by Stefan U.G. LeBlanc, and eccentric family friend Jimmer Negamany from Menominee, played by Tim Staggs, at the Soady deer camp for their yearly, alcohol-soaked ritual of tall tales and one-upmanship. Albert says of his younger son, "Remnar turned out to be pretty much what you'd expect from somebody who went by the name of Remnar." Remnar is wildly enthusiastic about hunting season. "It's like Christmas, with guns!" Jimmer was once abducted by aliens and spent a weekend in "shpashe." Rueben has a bigger problem since he has never shot a buck, and is ridiculed by the entire population of the town of Escanaba. He hopes that this year he will break the curse and bring home a trophy buck the help of his Ojibwa wife, Wolf Moon Dance, played by Cerissa Marsh.
Otherworldly forces conspire to keep the Soady men from achieving their goals. However, soon after they set up camp, they're plagued by blinding lights and hallucinogenic visions, imparted to them -- presumably -- by UFOs. When Ranger Tom of the Department of Natural Resources (Dennis Karr) arrives on their doorstep, the Soadys know that their evening is about to become stranger still, and Rueben's hopes of living down his reputation as "Da Buckless Yooper" are all but dashed.
John D. Carver makes his return to direct for Buck Creek Players after last appearing on our stage as Nick in A Little Christmas Spirit this past December. He also has previously directed Bus Stop for The Playhouse in the Fall of 2011. Joining Carver on the production team are Melissa DeVito (Producer), Lauren M. Hanson (Assistant Director), Tom Beasley (Technical Director), Donald Stikeleather and Dan Denniston (Lighting Designers), Jennifer Bower(Costumer), Kim Conolly (Hair and Wig Design), and Elizabeth Popplewell (Stage Manager). Carver, Beasley, and Denniston also designed the set.For more information or directions to The Playhouse, please visit the theater's website at www.buckcreekplayers.com.