The Vagrancy to Present Lucy Thurber's BOTTOM OF THE WORLD, 10/12-11/3
The Vagrancy is honored to bring you the West Coast Premiere of BOTTOM OF THE WORLD by Lucy Thurber. This poignant, quirky, emotional drama unfolds around a young woman dealing with her sister's sudden death. This life-affirming piece, helmed by Director Sabina Ptasznik, flashes back to 1910 Appalachia accompanied by live bluegrass band, Blue Bird Bandits. BOTTOM OF THE WORLD elicits a heartfelt look at the various characters' struggle through loss and longing, while striving for human connection. Ptasznik says, "This is the kind of show that asks you to abandon your perception of what love is. It is my hope that someone who sees the show is inspired to question what people in their lives mean in simple, yet unconventional, ways. This show is a return to simplicity in complicated, heavy times."After the play patrons are welcome to a VAGRANT HOOTENANNY hosted by Blue Bird Bandits. Fun, dancing and moonshine guaranteed. Playwright Lucy Thurber's THE HILL TOWN PLAYS, a 5-play cycle, currently plays in 4 venues all across New York City. BOTTOM OF THE WORLD opens at The Lounge Theatres and runs October 12th - November 3rd.
BOTTOM OF THE WORLD features Stephanie O'Neill, Natalie Burtney, Anne Butler, Jordan Boughrum, Jeremy Mascia, Steve Madar, Rosemary Stevens*, Michael Edelstein*, and musicians J Reinke and Peter Blackwelder
Production staff for BOTTOM OF THE WORLD includes Sabina Ptasznik, director; Naomi Kasahara, scenic design; Ric Zimmerman, lighting design; Martin Carillo, sound design; John Houston, costume design; Ashley Jo Navarro, stage manager; Aaron Saldaña, props design; Caitlin Hart, producer; Stephanie O'Neill, associate producer; Jordan Boughrum and Brittany Carriger, assistant associate producer; Andie Bottrell, publicity artist; Leigh Jandernoa, graphic artist; and Robert Corn, technical director.
Lucy Thurber is an American playwright based in New York City. She is the author of 10 plays: Where We're Born, Ashville, Killers & Other Family, Stay, Bottom of the World, Monstrosity, Scarcity, The Locus, The Insurgents, and Dillingham City. She was the recipient of the 2000/2001 Manhattan Theatre Club playwriting fellowship. Her play, Bottom of the World, opened the 2010-2011 season at The Atlantic Theater Company, and was produced by WET in the winter of 2005 and previously workshopped at The Eugene O'Neill Playwrights' Center. Bottom of the World was part of The Tribeca Theater festival and received a workshop at The Public Theater. Lucy is the recipient of the 1st Gary Bonasorte Memorial Prize for Playwriting 2008 and a proud recipient of a Lilly Award.
Thurber's productions include BOTTOM OF THE WORLD (Atlantic Theatre; d. Caitriona McLaughlin), KILLERS AND OTHER FAMILY(Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre; d. Caitriona McLaughlin), QUIXOTE (site-specific performance with the Psalters and The Broad Street Communitiy; d. LeardeBessonet), SCARCITY (The Atlantic Theater; d. Jackson Gay).
The Vagrancy is a bold and daring Los Angeles-based theatre company. The Vagrancy creates visceral work that seeks to touch the human spirit. Caitlin Hart and Sabina Ptasznik, Co-Artistic Directors; Tiffany Moon, Managing Director; Cort Brinkerhoff, Literary Manager; Andie Bottrell, Resident Artist & Communications Director; Nate Aylworth, Company Manager; Doug Oliphant, Resident Movement Director; Leigh Jandernoa, Resident Graphic Designer.
BOTTOM OF THE WORLD plays for 8 performances only:
Saturday, October 12th @ 8:00PM; Sunday, October 13th @ 7:00PM; Saturday, October 19th @ 8:00PM; Sunday, October 20th @ 7:00PM;Saturday, October 26th @ 8:00PM; Sunday, October 27th @ 7:00PM; Saturday, November 2nd @ 8:00PM; Sunday, November 3rd @ 7:00PM