Theater Lab and RTP Present “Speech & Debate” – Sex Scandal and Misfits in an Oregon Town
The Facebook event describes the show as being a dark comedy set in an Oregon town affected by skeletons in the closet.
“Three teenage misfits discover they are linked by a sex scandal that has rocked their town. When one of them sets out to expose the truth, secrets become currency, the stakes get higher, and the trio’s connection grows deeper in this searching, fiercely funny dark comedy with music.” The play was originally written by American playwright, Stephen Karam and was first performed in Providence, Rhode Island by the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre in 2006.
In a New York Times review of the play performed by the Roundabout Theatre Company, reviewer, Caryn James celebrated the play’s characters, “The play’s real accomplishment is its picture of the borderland between late adolescence and adulthood, where grown-up ideas and ambition coexist with childish will and bravado.”
The misfit star trio in the play will be performed by TheatreLAB members, Marquis Hazelwood, Zach Barnard, and Kelsey Cordrey.
The production is being put on almost entirely by members of TheatreLAB, a Richmond based ensemble theatre company made up of actors, directors, playwrights, designers, stage managers, arts activists, teaching artists, and students who according to the company’s mission statement, “want to make a difference in their community while they are in the early parts of their professional career.”
Katrinah Lewis, who will be playing the Teacher/Reporter in the play, is a 2013 Summer Session Guest to the TheatreLAB this season.
Speech & Debate will run in conjunction with the Richmond Triangle Player’s production of Bare: A Pop Opera, which started on July 17 and runs until August 17. Bare is a musical inspired by Romeo & Juliet, set in a Catholic boarding school where a number of the school’s seniors have to face issues of sexuality and personal identity.
Speech & Debate will run on August 4, 5, 11, 12, and 19, all at 8 pm. A matinee performance will be held on August 18 at 4pm and will include a post-show talk back. Pre-sale tickets are $15 and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets at the door will be $20 and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets for the show can be found here.
Tickets for the RTP’s production of Bare can also be found here.
Richmond Triangle Players Theatre is located in Scott’s Addition at 1300 Altamont Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230.
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