I will be appearing in Spacemen From Space as part of “The CollisionWorks” at The Brick starting this week. I’m really excited to be playing a straight-talking, hard-nosed government agent, trying to save the word from alien attack. There is some really excellent work being done by both Brick veterans and some new-comers.
I’ll just shamelessly copy and paste from the Brick’s website now:
A loving pastiche of 1930s-40s b-movie serials intended to keep hyper children entertained during extended Saturday matinees, Spacemen from Space: An Exciting New Serial for the Stage in 6 Thrill-Packed Episodes! combines as many elements of the straight-faced, sincerely-played episodic genre works into one big mashup of fast-moving fun – a single play made up of 6 episodes played one right after another (with cliffhanger endings, of course), that fills The Brick’s stage with a cast of 21 talented comic actors (featuring many Brick/Gemini CollisionWorks favorites, including noted performer/author Trav S.D.) running around telling this overly-complicated, barely sensical plot with absolute seriousness and belief. Spacemen from Space is a sweet, silly, simple confection designed to keep the audience on the edge of their seats, wondering what will happen next to our steadfast heroes, and if you need a break, you can step out during the four original songs performed by The Lonely Valley Boys, our band of actors, which include a couple of love ballads that younger audiences will find icky, but older ones might possibly find charming.
There is, however, a deeper, darker metaphoric level to the play – something, the playwright keeps saying, about anti-science and anti-intellectual thought in America today – but all that can and should be safely ignored (who wants to listen to that serious-minded playwright, anyway?), ‘cause jet-packs are just plain fun!
A hysterical comedy with almost no “jokes,” Spacemen from Space is an affectionate collection of clichés, made by people who love them, celebrating a world where jet packs, singing cowboys, aliens in stupid hats, g-men, robots, unfunny comic reliefs, ray guns, cliffhangers, and incomprehensible plots are still a beautiful fact of life.
The cast of this production is Alex Amery, Ethan Angelica*, Aaron Baker, Eric C. Bailey*, David Berent*, Ali Skye Bennet, George Bronos, Josh Hartung, Stephen Heskett, Ian W. Hill, Justin RG Holcomb*, James Isaac, Douglas MacKrell, Roger Nasser, Cara Moretto, Amy Overman, Yvonne Roen*, Trav S.D., Adam Swiderski, William Webber, Stephanie Willing
August 12, 17, and 20 at 8.00 pm; August 15 and 22 at 7.00 pm; August 14 and 22 at 2.00pm
approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes long (including one intermission)
All tickets: $18
All tickets available SOON at Theatermania (212-352-3101)