Stephen Massicotte’s Mary’s Wedding, directed by Cody Nickell and currently onstage as party of Playmakers Repertory Company’s second stage series, PRC2, is a non-linear play that tells the story of a pair of young people who fall in love. Innocent and doe-eyed Mary (Carey Cox) meets and quickly falls head-over-heels in love with Charlie (Myles Bullock), a young man who is soon to enter World War I and have his life forever changed. In fact, over the play’s quick progression, both of their lives change permanently.
The early scenes of Mary and Charlie falling in love are fun to watch and timeless. Love is love no matter the time period in which it takes place, and the joyful, humorous progress of their love, as playfully told by Massicotte, proves that. These tender scenes- which should be familiar to anyone who has ever felt that rush of first love- are juxtaposed, however, with horrific images of war, pain, and loss, told through poetic musings and lyrical writing.
As the perfect backdrop to Massicotte’s lilting words, scenic designer Daniel Conway has created a willowy, dreamy set, and it is on this set that Cox and Bullock bring to life these two young lovers. Cox is absolutely lovable here, batting her eyes and playfully displaying her character’s innocence while still managing to hone in on the sadness and grief that later encompasses her character. Likewise, Conway does an impeccable job showing his character’s progression from adventurous young man to scarred soldier.
To tell too much about all that transpires in Massicotte’s play would be a shame. This is one that viewers just have to experience, but its sad message and lovely writing is sure to leave them as changed as its hauntingly-real characters.
PlayMakers Repertory Company presents MARY’S WEDDING at 7:30 p.m. May 1 and 2 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. May 3 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art, 120 Country Club Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514, on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.
TICKETS: $15 and up ($10 UNC students and $12 other college students), with discounts for UNC faculty and staff and U.S. military personnel.
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NOTE: After each performance, there will be a post-show discussion with members of the cast and creative team and subject-matter experts.
Mary’s Wedding (2002 dream play): http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Mary%27s%20Wedding (Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia) and http://www.playwrightscanada.com/index.php/marys-wedding.html (Playwrights Canada Press Ltd.).
Stephen Massicotte (Canadian playwright and screenwriter): http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Massicotte,%20Stephen (Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia), http://www.playwrightscanada.com/index.php/stephen-massicotte.html (Playwrights Canada Press Ltd. bio), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1351157/ (Internet Movie Database), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Massicotte (Wikipedia).
Cody Nickell (director): http://www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org/about/CodyNickell.asp (Gulfshore Playhouse bio), http://www.playmakersrep.org/aboutus/artist.aspx?id=e1fe0f8e-fdcd-48eb-89ba-080dd30aaea4 (PlayMakers Repertory Company bio), and https://www.facebook.com/cody.nickell.12 (Facebook page).
Susie Potter is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer and editor. She is a 2009 graduate of Raleigh’s Meredith College, where she majored in English. She holds graduate degrees in teaching and American literature from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. In addition to her work for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, she is an award-winning author of short fiction. Her works have appeared in The Colton Review, Raleigh Quarterly, Broken Plate Magazine, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, the Chaffey Review, and Existere. To read all of Susie Potter’s Triangle Arts and Entertainment articles and reviews, click http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/author/susie-q/. To read more of her writings, click http://www.susiepotter.com and http://www.myspace.com/susiepotter.