APRIL 2016–This April Vote for Readers Theatre Rep!
“Out at Sea” by Slawomir Mrozek
“First Inaugural” by David Berkson
Readers Theatre Repertory dives into America’s weirdest election with Slawomir Mrozek’s classic black comedy “Out at Sea.” Three well-dressed, civilized castaways are stranded on a makeshift raft and soon discover that they are out of food. The crisis of hunger is met with electioneering, campaign speeches, voter fraud, brokering, and political indoctrination as the castaways decide what – or who – will be eaten. Bitter and savage in its politics, “Out at Sea” was written in 1961 as a screed against Poland’s communist regime. It endures as an absurdist classic that tragically foreshadows America’s current crisis of democracy.
“First Inaugural” features the words of America’s most influential Republican presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. Watch as political theatre becomes…political theatre. Listen to the voices of the great (and perhaps not so great) presidents, and hear as they give way to the voice of a billionaire tycoon whose next address may be the Oval Office.
“Out at Sea” and “First Inaugural” are directed by David Berkson. The cast includes Jason Maniccia, Bob Martin, Mary McDonald Lewis, Sam A. Mowry, and Chris Porter.