Raleigh Ensemble Players Theatre Company presents the Pulitzer Prize and Obie Award winning play The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel.
Performed in REP’s upstairs studio space at 213 Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, ‘Gamma Rays’ is a semi-autobiographical drama, based on Zindel’s own experiences growing up in a single-parent household, that focuses on an eccentric, embittered widow and the two teenage daughters she must raise.
The title comes from the mother’s anger at her daughter’s science teacher for encouraging her to expose marigolds to gamma rays as a science project. Her experiment shows how radiation sometimes kills growing marigolds, but sometimes it causes them to grow even more beautiful. This experiment becomes a metaphor for her own life, as she struggles to bloom in a household deadened by her mother’s alcoholism and her sister’s lethargy. Zindel refers to this play as “a love letter to my teachers and the entire public school system that served as a salvation for me and my sister from the madhouse.”
Considered the most compelling work of its kind since Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, ‘Gamma Rays’ is a masterful, pacesetting drama that combines moments of pain, poignancy and hope.
Title: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
Playwright: Paul Zindel
Director: Jesse Gephart
Raleigh Ensemble Players Theatre Company 213 Fayetteville Street
Dates: February 5-27, 2010
Opening: Friday, February 5, 2010, at 8:00 p.m.Curtain Times: Friday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Sunday’s at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15 Adults. $12 Seniors & Students. Military Group rates available for 10 or more.
Online ticketing available at www.realtheatre.org or call 919.832.9607
Limited General Admission Seating. Reservations are recommended. Box Office and Seating opens 30 minutes prior to curtain.
Raleigh Ensemble Players Theatre is located near all forms of public transportation and is wheelchair accessible. Street and lot parking are available.
Committed to the principle of ensemble performance through the collaboration of a company of actors, directors and playwrights, Raleigh Ensemble Players is a nationally recognized theatre company and the Triangle’s oldest producer of powerful, provocative and penetrating theatre for 28 years. The company, formed in 1982 by a collective of actors, is dedicated to maintaining an ensemble ethic where company members work together to create, write, act, direct, design and produce new theatre. Raleigh Ensemble Players new home resides at 213 Fayetteville Street in Downtown Raleigh.