The Warehouse Theatre Company will take audiences for a ride next week with a coming-of-age story that promises teen angst, sass and lots of laughs.
“Ride,” by Eric Lane, is the tale of two high school students working at a farm stand who decide to embark on an impromptu road trip. Along for the ride is an 11-year-old little sister. The trip forces each character to confront their own personal demons, including a death in the family, an absent mother and a father’s mistress.
“There are a lot of comedic moments but also very poignant moments,” said Elyse Bertani, public relations director for the company. “And there are many moments that will make you think.”
Bertani said the company chose the play because of its strong female and age-appropriate characters.Portraying the leads will be third-year students Calli Rose Young, Xandra Prestia-Turner and Kat Amundson.
“All of the girls are fresh from” the summer at Okoboji Summer Theatre “and are ready to kick off a new season at the Warehouse,” Bertani said.
Set in contemporary times, the production poses new opportunities for scenic designer Savannah Bell. Because most of the play is set on the road, the set will have the look and feel of a moving car stopping at a variety of locations. Directing the production is Hephy Eniade.
The show will appeal to a college-aged audience, although Bertani encourages community members to see what the Warehouse Theatre is all about. The company is entirely student-run, which means students get to explore theatre in new ways.
“We definitely get a lot of creative freedom,” Bertani said. “It’s all about allowing us to test the waters and explore our own limits. We do a lot of coming-of-age shows and plays that are really appropriate for our peer group.”
This year’s season also includes “Precious Little,” a dark comedy; “What Every Girl Should Know,” a provocative drama; and “Hearts Like Fists,” a fast-paced comedy.
“Ride” begins at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25-27 with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on Sept. 28 at the Warehouse Theatre. Purchase tickets.
“Come see the show,” Bertani said. “It’s really a great way to kick off our season, and it will keep you coming back for more.”
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