Fearless Feminine Trio Finds Adventure in 'ON THE VERGE' at Little Fish Theatre
Adventure awaits three intrepid female explorers in On The Verge or The Geography of Yearning, Little Fish Theatre's inventive 8th show of its 2017 season.
Director Richard Perloff crafts this journey through space, fantasy, and imagination. Written by Writer's Guild of America and Edgar Allen Poe Award winning playwright Eric Overmyer, also known for his work on HBO's The Wire, this play will keep audiences on their toes wondering what - or who - will be discovered next.
Equipped with dialogue as pithy as their helmets, a fearless feminine Victorian trio take it upon themselves to discover the mystery of things as they set out for Terra Incognita. As they travel from highest Himalaya to deepest Africa to suburban-est Suburbia, they begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems, and that they may be on the voyage of their lives.
Newly minted LFT Company Member Branda Lock plays the youngest and most energetic member of the troupe, Alexandra. Lock is a Helen Hayes Award winner who has performed at the Kennedy Center and Archway Theatre. Presciliana Esparolini plays the intrepid Fanny, the only married member of the triad. Esparolini was recently seen in the highly rated Netflix series 13 Reasons Why along with roles in NCIS and Ray Donovan, and has performed at the La Jolla Playhouse, Hudson Main Stage, and Odyssey Theatre. LFT Company Member Holly Baker-Kreiswirth takes on the role of Mary, the oldest of the trio and self-described metaphysician, whose greatest discovery might be her true self. Baker-Kreiswirth has had television roles on Private Practice and Hunter, and was last seen on the LFT boards in Best of Pick of the Vine. The triumvirate are joined by LFT Company Member Don Schlossman*, who portrays all of the indigenous creatures - human and otherwise - our heroines encounter during their journey. A Groudlings graduate who has worked at the Group Rep and Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Schlossman was recently seen in the role of Max Prince in LFT's Laughter on the 23rd Floor.
Director Perloff states,"I first saw "On the Verge" at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 1985, when it was sweeping America's regional theatres. I was, quite literally, enchanted by it; it cast a spell over me that hasn't fully dissipated to this day. Its themes are always timely: Women's Empowerment, for sure, but it's also a play that celebrates the human desire to ACHIEVE, and our unquenchable desire to discover what's around that next bend in the road. In addition, Eric Overmyer has written a play that is joyously theatrical, and which celebrates the pure power of imagination. I think it's a journey well worth taking."
On the Verge will run September 28 through October 19. Thursdays on September 28 and October 5, 12 and 19 at 8:00pm. Wednesday, October 11 at 8:00pm. Sundays on October 1 and 8 at 2:00pm. The October 1 matinee features a special Talkback session where the actors and creative team will be available for 10 to 15 minutes for a post-show discussion with the audience.
Performances take place at the Little Fish Theatre, San Pedro's Arts District, 777 S. Centre St., San Pedro, CA 90731. Ticket Range: $23 - $27 ($23 for opening night only). Prices above do not include a $1 ticket service fee. Discounts Available for Groups of 10+. Discounts for Seniors 65 and over and Students. Contact the Box Office at 310.512.6030.
Founded in 2002 as an artists' ensemble, Little Fish Theatre presents classic and contemporary plays in an intimate setting on Centre Street in downtown San Pedro.
*This production is presented under the auspices of the Actors' Equity Los Angeles Membership Company Rule.