Our production of Neil LaBute’s bash: latterday plays features three one act plays — each with it’s own director. And now, a word from your directors…
Ron Gilbert – Medea Redux Director
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
That’s how heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali once famously described his boxing style. To me, it also describes the skill and artistry playwright Neil LaBute demonstrates in “Bash: Latterday Plays.” In “Medea Redux,” the piece I’ve had the great opportunity to explore with the luminous actress Kellie Kramer, LaBute writes dialogue that doesn’t just tell a story, it paints a vivid picture of a character: her shyness, curiosity, rough edges, strength. It’s the insight about this woman that makes us care about her, feel that we recognize her. And, as her story unfolds like a butterfly flitting from flower to bush, alternating between heartwarming and heartbreak, it’s what puts us on the edge of our seats wanting to know what happens to her. Then, just when we’re mesmerized by this tale and think we know where it’s heading – boom! – LaBute delivers an uppercut to the solar plexus and completely knocks the wind out of us. Like Ali.
That’s what drew me to “Bash.” That’s what makes me like “Medea Redux” more every time we rehearse. That’s what I hope you’re talking about long after you’ve left the theatre after seeing this show.
Yvette Hermann – A Gaggle of Saints Director
Dress rehearsal went beautifully with just a small electrical hitch last night. We lost our stage lighting for 1/3 of the show and worked with the house lights on. Thank you generators! The Kirkwood lights came on just in time for John to tell his secret. Come tonight to be one of the first to see what happened on John and Sue’s sixth anniversary.
Marnie Strate – Iphigenia in Orem Director
Tech week. Seldom is that a director’s first chance to see the play in its entirety, but that was the case for Ron, Yvette, and myself this week. We have each been working for the past couple months on our own pieces of the “bash” puzzle, and this week we had the pleasure of putting those pieces together. I was expecting wildly varied short plays held together by a dark, disturbing thread, but what has come out is a very cohesive piece of theater. I think that is a testament to LaBute’s writing as well as the ability of the actors and directors to interpret his text. Each piece has a different mood, a different setting, but there are some beautiful moments where the characters’ thoughts and justifications mirror one another. It reminds me what gets me the most about LaBute’s work– it shows the darkness hiding in everyone and serves as a reminder that under the right circumstances, even the most wholesome among us can be pushed to unspeakable actions.