Common Ground Theatre of Durham, NC will stage BRIDES OF THE MOON, a sex comedy for mature audiences written by The 5 Lesbian Brothers (Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey, and Lisa Kron), on July 8-10 and 15-17. When the curtain rises, Common Ground Theatre says:
“A group of female astronauts in the year 2069 find themselves adrift in space when a discarded Winnebago crashes into the ship’s hull. When their programmed sexual urges are accidentally triggered, the ship becomes a Sapphic love boat. [BRIDES OF THE MOON is] A bawdy comedy that surprises with poignant portraits of lost souls reaching for connection.
“The cast of BRIDES OF THE MOON features Lormarev Jones, Rachel Klem, Page Purgar, Tara Stone, and Laurie Wolf, and is directed by visiting artist Cynthia Cahill.”
“I know some of the ‘Brothers’ and have been aware of this play for several years,” admits guest director Cynthia Cahill. “I first read [BRIDES OF THE MOON] in 2007 and wanted to direct it immediately…. I wanted to direct this play because it’s funny as hell and has a real heart to it.”
She adds, “What I love about BRIDES OF THE MOON is that it’s the perfect mix of campy humor, funny situations, and great writing, all wrapped around this real story of a mother and daughter trying to connect with each other; that it’s a story about knowing where you came from, and if knowing where your parents came from is necessary for one to be successful and happy; can you be a full human being if you didn’t have perfect parents — is our success as human beings dependent on the success of our parents?
“I love that the crisis on the ship is serving as a catalyst for the relationship between Mrs. Steve and Carmen,” says Cahill, “but that the characters on the Ship are as equally lost and searching … longing to be seen and to connect with someone else.
“I also love the commentary on the globalization of the world — the constant product placement and the fact that everything is sponsored and branded,” Cahill explains. “This play was written in 1996, and sponsorship and name branding was just beginning to take off. Fourteen years later, it’s even more of a reality.”
In addition to director Cynthia Cahill, who is also co-lighting designer and sound designer for the show, the Common Ground Theatre creative team for BRIDES OF THE MOON includes producer and co-lighting designer Rachel Klem and her husband, technical director and set designer Jeff Alguire; composer Heidi Rodewald; and stage manager Jennifer Evans.
Director Cynthia Cahill says, “The dual reality of the Worlds was the challenging aspect of the set design and … the actors [have] to switch back and forth pretty quickly between characters. There are also a lot of technical requirements that have pushed and expanded Common Ground’s resources.
She explains, “The set is a dual reality of the Space Ship and the Powers’ House on Earth. I wanted both worlds to be onstage always — to give the impression that these events are happening simultaneously in both places. I wanted the set and the costumes to be of the future, but a future where supplies are running low and they have had to build things out of the only materials left, cardboard and used parts from recycled machines, etc.
“The costumes were tricky,” Cahill claims, “in that every actor each plays two characters; and in the last three scenes of the play, one actor has to change costumes back and forth between characters eight times! We had to choose clothes that could be underdressed and space suits that could be gotten in and out of as quickly as possible.”
Common Ground Theatre presents BRIDES OF THE MOON, written by The 5 Lesbian Brothers, at 8 p.m. June 8-10 and 15-17 at 4815B Hillsborough Rd., Durham, North Carolina 27705.
TICKETS: $14 ($12 students and seniors).
BOX OFFICE: 919/698-3870 or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118510.
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