The Playhouse Theatre Company this weekend is taking on “Bethany,” a contemporary play that revisits the economic crash of 2009 through a single mom fighting to get her daughter back.
Third-year theatre arts major Kat Amundson plays Crystal, who lost Bethany to protective services after they were caught living in a car. Crystal breaks into an abandoned home in hopes of tricking her caseworker into believing she’s on solid financial footing and capable of caring for her daughter.
“However, Crystal unwittingly breaks into the same foreclosed home inhabited by Gary—and a truly harrowing and sometimes hilarious battle of wills ensues,” said Director Lamby Hedge, an associate professor of theatre.
Stephens selected the production, in part, because it’s written by Laura Marks, an important new America playwright, Hedge said.
“As often as possible, our mission has been to include exciting new works by emerging women playwrights,” she said. “The play is also appealing in that it offers our students the opportunity of working in a different genre: the ‘comedy thriller.’”
The play takes place at the house Crystal shares with Gary, an anti-social drifter played by first-year conservatory student Austin Smith, as well as at Crystal’s workplace, a Saturn dealership. That’s where Crystal hopes for a financial rebound by selling an expensive car to a slick-talking motivational speaker who has other intentions.
Expect lots of plot twists, Hedge said.
“It speaks to the on-going effects of the 2009 economy and the resulting devastation inflicted upon the lives of average citizens pursuing the American Dream of home ownership,” she said. “More than anything, it examines the extreme lengths to which individuals are capable of going to protect their own.”
The play starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. It will be held in the Warehouse Theatre. Ticket info.
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