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“Cape Disappointment” Is a Bizarre Comic Homage to Drive-in Movies by the Authors of “Buddy Cop 2”

Manbites Dog Theater will present "Cape Disappointment" on March 29-31, April 5-8, and April 11-14 in its Durham, NC performance space, behind the old Durham Bulls ballpark (photo by director Jay O'Berski)

Manbites Dog Theater will present "Cape Disappointment" on March 29-31, April 5-8, and April 11-14 in its Durham, NC performance space, behind the old Durham Bulls ballpark (photo by director Jay O'Berski)

Manbites Dog Theater will present the regional premiere of Cape Disappointment, a bizarre comic homage to drive-in movies written by the Buddy Cop 2 team of Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen and developed and directed by Oliver Butler for The Debate Society of Brooklyn, NY, on March 29-31 and April 5-8 and 11-14 in its downtown theater on Foster Street, behind the old Durham Bulls ballpark. Cape Disappointment premiered in November 2008 in New York City at Performance Space 122, which commissioned the play.

Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern artistic director and Manbites Dog associate artistic director Jay O’Berski will stage this show with a cast that includes Ishai Buchbinder, Dana Marks, Jeffrey Moore, and Annie Zipper.

On its website, Manbites Dog Theater tells prospective ticket buyers:

“You’re lost in a drive-in movie. Broken down by the side of the road to nowhere. There’s a thirty ought six pointed at your back, and you ate the last can of beans three days ago. Welcome to Cape Disappointment. At least it’s not Detroit.”

Ishai Buchbinder (left) and Dana Marks discover something really, really disturbing in "Cape Disappointment" at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC (photo by Jay O'Berski)

Ishai Buchbinder (left) and Dana Marks discover something really, really disturbing in "Cape Disappointment" at Manbites Dog Theater in Durham, NC (photo by Jay O'Berski)

Online, The Debate Society adds:

“[In Cape Disappointment, a] decaying drive-in comes to life with stories of lighthouses, naughty little girls and places you imagine remembering. So sit back, relax, refrain from loud talking and rough-housing, turn off your headlights, enjoy some tasty popcorn, put litter in its place, keep an eye on your children, think about how happy we could be, and remember that this country is full of dark, dark places along dark, dark roadways where dark, dark things can happen.

“[Cape Disappointment is] The Debate Society’s fourth full-length play[. It will transform Manbites Dog’s] performance space into [a] version of a drive-in theater to present an intimate and absurd perspective of classic Americana. [In their world-premiere production in 2008, t]he Brooklyn-based play-makers conjure a road trip epic wherein ‘The lives, desires, and memories of various passengers take a number of sharp and darkly comic turns over the course of one night, dissolving into three studies of bittersweet disenchantment.’ (The New Yorker)”

In "Cape Disappointment," The Little Girl (Dana Marks) twirls her All-American hula hoop while The Pedophile (Jeffrey Moore, far left) and Mysterious Onlookers look during (photo by Jay O'Berski)

In "Cape Disappointment," The Little Girl (Dana Marks) twirls her All-American hula hoop while The Pedophile (Jeffrey Moore, far left) and Mysterious Onlookers look during (photo by Jay O'Berski)

In addition to the imaginative and invigorating staging of director Jay O’Berski, the upcoming Manbites Dog Theater production of Cape Disappointment will feature an original score by Nathan Umstead and sound design by Qurran Karriem.

SECOND OPINION: March 25th Raleigh, NC News & Observer preview by Roy C. Dicks: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/03/25/1953660/durhams-manbites-dog-presents.html.

Manbites Dog Theater presents CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT at 8:15 p.m. March 29-31 and April 5-7,  3:15 p.m. April 8, and 8:15 p.m. April 11-14 at 712 Foster St., Durham North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $12 weeknights ($10 seniors 62+ and active-duty military personnel) and $17 Friday-Sunday ($15 seniors 62+ and active-duty military personnel), except a pay-what-you-can preview at 8:15 p.m. March 29th ($5 minimum, door sales only) and $5 Student Rush Tickets with ID.

BOX OFFICE: 919-682-3343 or http://manbitesdogtheater.tix.com/Schedule.asp?OrganizationNumber=150.

SHOW:     http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/385/. PRESENTER/VENUE: http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/.

BLOG: http://theupstager.wordpress.com/. DIRECTIONS: http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/5/.

MAP: http://www.manbitesdogtheater.org/11/.

NOTE: There will be a special celebratory opening-night reception following the 8:15 p.m. Friday, March 30th, performance.

OTHER LINKS:

Cape Disappointment: http://thedebatesociety.org/cape-disappointment/ (official web page).

The Debate Society: http://thedebatesociety.org/ (official website).

Jay O’Berski: http://theaterstudies.duke.edu/people?Gurl=/aas/TheaterStudies&Uil=jayoberski&subpage=profile (Duke University Department of Theater Studies).

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