CTC’s Professional/Alumni Company is producing two great plays this summer. The titles make it sound like a unified theme, but it would be hard to conceive of two plays that are more different. Dry Land by Ruby Spiegel runs at the end of next week and Shipwrecked! by Donald Margulies opens the end of July and runs through first week of August. Both are playing right here at CTC.
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Shipwrecked! An Entertainment—
The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself)
by Donald Margulies, dir by Ben Park
July 27 @ 7:30, July 28-29 @ 9:30, August 3 @ 7:30, August 4 @ 9:30 — Tickets $12
Featuring Adam Brown Ben Park, Mitchell Martin, Elliot Cornett, and a host of recent alums
The adventurous Louis de Rougemont invites you to hear his amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left nineteenth-century England spellbound. Dare to be whisked away in a story of the high seas, populated by exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus. SHIPWRECKED examines how far we’re willing to blur the line between fact and fiction in order to leave our mark on the world.
This is the fun one of the pair. You might remember Adam Brown—he’s our alum who played Guildenstern in Folger’s R&G Are Dead earlier this year and who played a principle role in the Broadway production of the musical Once the previous year.
by Ruby Rae Spiegel, dir by Ben Park and the ensemble
July 20-22 @ 7:30, Tickets are $10
Featuring alumni Zoe Greenwald, Becca Willenbrink, Catherine Young, and Brooke Morrison
Ester is a swimmer trying to stay afloat. Amy is curled up on the locker room floor. DRY LAND is a play about abortion, female friendship, and resiliency, and what happens in one high school locker room after everybody’s left.
This play packs a punch—emotionally and physically—and it is contains content, language, and themes best suited to mature audiences. As the blurb above indicates, it deals candidly with abortion, but more than that it contends with relationships among a small cohort of high school girls. This is a powerful piece, and the fact that the high schooler here are played by young actors just a few years removed from their own graduations brings this script home.