Tag: Distillery Theatre Company
Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh Will Host the American Premiere of Simon Stephens’ 7/7 Play “Pornography” on April 28-May 8
Written in reaction to London crashing from the euphoria and promise at being awarded the 2012 Olympics into the chaos and reality of the 7/7 bombings, [“Pornography”] is composed of seven stories that serve as a countdown to the catastrophic attack on London. Each playlet focuses on a different individual dramatising their life in the run-up to the tragedy.
“The Fantastical Nature of Motherhood” is a virtually incoherent mash-up of the Roman foundation myth of Romulus and Remus and the Christian nativity story, liberally laced with four-letter words and an excoriation of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a promiscuous teenager.
Playwright Sylvia M. Mallory says her inspiration for writing “The Fantastical Nature of Motherhood” came from “Watching my mother and the amazing women in my life while growing up.” She adds, “I watched what they were willing to sacrifice for their children, and it moved me to write this play to honor everything they give up and everything they gain from being a mother.”
Distillery Theatre Company’s “Playground” Casting Gimmick Pays Diminishing Dramatic Dividends as the Play Progresses
Distillery Theatre Company’s world-premiere production of “Playground,” Appalachian State University senior Jonathan Fitts’ fact-based play about a 10-year-old Yemeni girl’s forced marriage to — and subsequent divorce from — a man three times her age, employs an unusual casting gimmick. The children are played by adults, and the adults are played by children. Unfortunately, this stunt-casting gambit pays diminishing dramatic dividends as the play progresses.
“Playground” Chronicles a 10-Year-Old Yemeni Girl’s Struggle to Get a Divorce from a Man Three Times Her Age
Based on a true story and presented as part of Burning Coal’s “Wait ‘Til You See This!” second-stage series, the Distillery Theatre Company production of “Playground” chronicles the struggle of a typical Yemeni girl, married at age 10 to a man three times her age, to obtain a divorce from her abusive husband. It was an act of defiance that alienated her from her family, her country, and especially its Islamic judicial system.