GASP Theatre Co. to Present THE ACTOR'S DOUBLE BILL, Featuring Works by Durang & Stoppard
GASP Theatre Co. will present its inaugural production of The Actor's Double Bill, a performance of Christopher Durang's The Actor's Nightmare and Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound, on August 8-9 and 14-16, 2014, at 7:30 pm.
Pairing two meta one-act comedies on the nature and absurdity of theatre, The Actor's Double Bill features The Actor's Nightmare, Christopher Durang's comedy about an accountant trapped in a dream performance of a play he's never rehearsed, and The Real Inspector Hound, Tom Stoppard's farce about a pair of theatre critics reviewing a show whose themes increasingly parallel their own lives. The production is directed by Jack Prather.
"The shows we selected are particularly appropriate because they are equal parts smart and silly," says Prather. "Despite these scripts being written by two separate masters of drama, they complement one another extraordinarily well, both playing on established theatrical forms and breaking the fourth wall in surprising and hilarious ways."
GASP Theatre Co. was founded by Kevin Ferguson, Allison Driskill and Jack Prather with the purpose of connecting alumni of the Cardinal Gibbons High School drama program with actors from the Raleigh acting community to create a network of theatre professionals.
"We started the company with the goal of extending our Gibbons Drama creative partnerships out into the larger Triangle theater community and to allow the evolution of our alums' theatre experience to continue on," says Ferguson. "We've built a very strong, passionate and high-quality internal theatre community at Gibbons and felt like there was desire to expand that beyond our alums' high school years. We're looking to build a supportive and creatively challenging community of theater professionals who enjoy working together on projects that mean something to them, and who mean something to each other."
Performances will be at 7:30 pm on August 8-9 and 14-16 in the studio theatre of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5 at the door. For more information, visit bit.ly/actorsdoublebill.