San Diego Fringe Presents TWITTERPATED

San Diego Fringe Presents TWITTERPATED

Tucson theatre teacher, director and playwright Maryann Green is bringing her debut show "Twitterpated - a Relationship in 140 Characters or Less" to the San Diego Fringe Festival this summer. The show chronicles the relationship of two twenty-somethings, full of ambition but lacking direction. The dialogue, as the title implies, is truncated as these two struggle to communicate their emotions in a world of emoticons.

The show started out as a play writing challenge. Can you write a fully developed two-minute scene in which the characters speak no more than 5 lines at a time? When the scene debuted at University High School's "Too Much Light" the romantic tension was so palpable that someone in the audience shouted out "Just kiss her already!" It was then that Green knew she'd created two characters with lives of their own.

"Twitterpated" debuted at the 2013 Tucson Fringe Festival and was hailed as the highest attended show of the festival, packing the main stage at Club Congress. Green says the hardest part about mounting the show the first time was finding a male actor to do the role. "I had two actors in mind and when they read the script, they both had the same reaction. "I can't do it," they said. "It hits too close to home." Green won't claim to be in her 20s anymore, but she seems to have her finger on the awkwardly stilted pulse of the struggle to communicate face-to-face in the 21st century.

"Twitterpated" plays at the Tenth Avenue Arts Centre Cabaret in San Diego July 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, and 10th. For show times and ticket info go to www.sdfringe.org https://www.facebook.com/twitterpated.in.san.diego

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