THE CANNIBALS OF MCGOWER COUNTY*
In the heart of Texas, Lindalyn returns to her foreclosed barbecue restaurant to collect a few belongings and say goodbye. However, a confrontation with the property’s new out-of-town owner creates an avalanche of friction and hostility. Blue collar rage, the vanishing middle-class, and deep-rooted family trauma collide in this small town carnage.
3 F / 2 M
SPARKLER GIRL or THE PLAY ABOUT THE HEAD*
Set in a once grandiose mansion in the Deep South, matriarch Violet Sterling reminisces about her lost youth as an irresistible fireworks model. Violet now spends her days lamenting being a retired “sparkler girl” and tracking the unraveling of her son, Wade, who blatantly mismanages the family fireworks business. This charade culminates when confronted with the man responsible her husband’s murder, forcing this family to accept their harrowing past.
1 F / 3 M
* Part of the SOUTH trilogy.
A PLACE NO ONE CAN SEE
Vic Hanger, a seasoned hitch hiker, returns to his coastal Maine childhood home after learning of his mother’s abrupt death. Complications ensue when he encounters the gruff Kaye Fagan, who reveals surprising information regarding his origin–all while he attempts to evade the wrath of one of the island’s most powerful men.
1 W / 3 M
One tragic incident connects four Smithtown strangers. Each of them wrestles with their own guilt and responsibility in the death of a local college student.
2 M / 2 F
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A senseless mass shooting at a Walmart supercenter leaves four survivors wondering how best to survive. Told in four chapters–ranging from the basement of a YouTube at-home crafter to an Amish farm to a grocery store parking lot–BOOMERANGED is an irreverent and chilling response to gun violence in America.
3 F / 3 M
OUT OF ICELAND
Caroline Miller, a travel writer from New York, falls off Iceland’s Askja volcano while researching her latest book. The volcano’s American overseer, Hal, nurses her back to health and the two strike up an unlikely bond. Complications arise when they return back to Askja and a trickster Icelandic troll, Thor, throws roadblock after roadblock in their way. Faced with mortality, they confront their feelings for one another while desperately trying to get out of Iceland.
1 F / 1 M
1 Gender Nonconforming Actor
Rover is a runaway deep in the woods of Appalachia and is also running from his secret past. With the help of the local forest overseer, Havana, he decides whether to bid farewell to his younger brother once and for all.
2 M / 2 F
Two retirees dodge asteroids and question their choice to spend their golden years in Siberia.
“No one is safe. Two Brooklyn women have found themselves in Siberia. We assume because New York isn’t the safe place it used to be. Drew Larimore’s script combines good characters with mystery, tension and comedy.”Annie-Marie Peard, AussieTheatre.com
KNOWING MRS. MAYFIELD
Former classmates pay their respects at the grave of a former teacher only to be met with a startling realization.
RUNGS or WILD WOMEN OF THE WOODS
In a post-apocalyptic world, two women struggling for survival discover a ladder that will transport them.
STANDING WITH BLACKNESS
A peculiar eight-year-old child commits a fatal act and his father tries to cover it up.
The dark and disturbing Standing With Blackness, by US playwright Drew Larimore, provided a welcome change of pace, with its chilling portrait of a gun-loving teenager and the father who has to deal with his disastrous actions. Leon Anderson is particularly spooky as the gun-toting teen.—Australian Stage
A couple awkwardly consult a “hands-on” sex therapist to improve communication.
2 F / 1 M