Sideshow @ Actors Bridge launches its second season with the regional premiere of 13P Member Sheila Callaghan’s wonderfully absurd Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), the troupe has announced. The show runs Oct. 4-7 at the Darkhorse Theater.
The play, first presented at Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks new play festival in 2004, follows foul-mouthed Janice (Sara Gaddis) and her bizarre Christmas wish-list. She’s just your typical preteen living inside a dilapidated and sentient apartment with murder on its mind (Ricardo Puerta plays the dwelling). She does battle with “butt-ugly” Christmas sweaters, magical romances and a flying Justin Timberlake (Matt Marcum, who also portrays Harrison Ford) while she satisfies her appetite for explosives. Meanwhile Janice’s mother (Erin Randolph) and aunt (Hayley Rose) struggle to put the pieces back together after calamity threatens to destroy them from the inside out.
The praise for Crumble and those behind it has been effusive:
“Every night before I go to bed I say a little prayer and thank the universe that we have indie theatre. Without independent art we would not have a play like CRUMBLE… fascinating… remarkable…”
“The shortest, sharpest – and the most seemingly effortlessly poetic play you’ll see … astute and affecting …”
-DC Theatre Scene
On 13P: “Every single playwright in 13P has a voice to be reckoned with… they are thunder on the mountain of the American Theatre, or better, a rumble in the earth signaling seismic shift.”
-Todd London, Artistic Director, New Dramatists
On Clubbed Thumb: “Reading these writers makes me want to go back to my own computer and try harder, dare more, and storm the barricades for funding for this rising generation.”
-Paula Vogel, Playwright (The Baltimore Waltz)
Crumble marks Sideshow’s third regional premiere by a contemporary playwright in less than a year. As with previous efforts the 2012 – 2013 Sideshow members will design the event as an ensemble, seizing every opportunity to cross-train and take creative risks together. Watch for design debuts and new ensemble members taking the stage as second-year ensemble member J.P. Schuffman directs with program founders Jessika Malone, Jaclyn Johnson and Mitch Massaro producing.
Performances at the 4610 Charlotte Ave. venue start at 7 p.m. Oct. 4-6 and 2 p.m. Oct. 7. Celebrity impersonation contests, dance-offs and video-karaoke will also be part of what Sideshow bills as an “explosive” weekend. Tickets ($15, or $10 if you come in costume) are available online at http://sideshow.eventbrite.com.
*Image courtesy Sideshow @ Actors Bridge.