Manbites Dog Theater and the Duke University Department of Theater Studies will present the regional premiere of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, a offbeat coming-of-age comedy written by 35-year-old Filipino-American playwright A. Rey Pamatmat and directed by Jeff Storer, on Dec. 1-3, 8-11, and 14-17 at Manbites Dog Theater.
Pamatmat earned a BFA degree in Theater/Acting from New York University in 1997 and an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama in 2003, and Storer is Manbites Dog’s artistic director and a Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies at Duke.
When the curtain rises on Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, according to dramatist A. Rey Pamatmat’s website:
“Three kids — Kenny [played in Durham by Andy Chu], his sister Edith [Wanda Jin], and their friend Benji [Jacob W. Tobia] — are all but abandoned on a farm in remotest Middle America. With little adult supervision, they feed and care for each other, making up the rules as they go.
“But when Kenny’s and Benji’s relationship becomes more than friendship, and Edith shoots something she really shouldn’t shoot, the formerly indifferent outside world comes barging in whether they want it to or not.”
On its website, Manbites Dog Theater writes, “All but abandoned in the American heartland, three kids struggle to create a makeshift family. And when the outside world barges in, the only things that can protect them are love, loyalty, and marksmanship.
“[Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them is] A hilarious, heartbreaking, and gently subversive story of real family values.”
After a series of readings in New York City, Chicago, and Denver, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them premiered in March 2011, under the direction of May Adrales, during the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2011 Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, KY.
Manbites Dog Theater adds:
“Once again this year, [we are] holding a food drive to support the Durham branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina [http://www.foodbankcenc.org/]. We will be collecting food and other items during the run of Edith Can Shoot Things, through Dec. 17th.
“Last year, we collected almost 300 pounds of food; we hope to better that this year. Please bring items to donate when you attend the show (or contact us to drop them off during the week).”
For more about Manbites Dog Theater’s 2011 food drive, click http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/392/. For a list of recommended items to donate, click http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/277/.
Manbites Dog Theater and the Duke University Department of Theater Studies present EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM at 8:15 p.m. Dec. 1 Preview, 8:15 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 and 8-10, 3:15 p.m. Dec. 11, and 8:15 p.m. Dec. 14-17 at Manbites Dog Theater, 703 Foster St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.
TICKETS: $12 weeknights and $17 Friday-Saturday, except Dec. 1st pay-what-you-can preview (door sales only, $5 minimum), $5 Student Rush Tickets, and $2 discount for seniors 62+ and active-duty military personnel.
BOX OFFICE: 919/682-3343 or http://manbitesdogtheater.tix.com/Schedule.asp?OrganizationNumber=150&SortOrder=Act.
Manbites Dog Theater: http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/.
Duke University Department of Theater Studies: http://theaterstudies.duke.edu/.
VENUE: http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/. DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/5/.
NOTE: Friday, Dec. 2nd, is the show’s official opening night. Afterwards, there will be a gala reception with “lots of good food, drink, music, and conversation,” writes Manbites Dog.
The Playwright: http://areypamatmat.wordpress.com./ (official website) and http://playreyplay.blogspot.com/ (his blog).
The Director: http://theaterstudies.duke.edu/people?Gurl=/aas/TheaterStudies&Uil=bear&subpage=profile (Duke theater Studies).
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