RTR RINGS IN THE NEW YEAR WITH REVOLUTIONARY LAUGHTER
January 2017 might be a tough political month. But RTR has just the pill: four short, slide splitting comedies – three by the master, David Ives – sure to provide the darkest of clouds with the silver lining of laughter.
Variations on the Death of Trotsky finds everyone’s favorite Bolshevik in exile with a mountain climber’s ax protruding from his skull. Watch as Trotsky desperately – and hilariously –rationalizes his way out of his inevitable demise. Words, Words, Words is a day in the life of three chimps named Kafka, Swift, and Milton who are ordered by unseen scientists to perform the impossible task: randomly typing out William Shakespeare’s Hamlet on three manual typewriters. Playwriting 101: The Rooftop Lesson, by Rich Orloff, begins dramatically as a good Samaritan begs a stranger not to jump from a rooftop – only to have the scene interrupted by a playwriting teacher’s insufferable critiques and revisions. And then there’s the David Ives bell ringing masterpiece, Sure Thing: the classic tale of a couple’s Ground Hog Day-ish restarts as they try to perfect the first moments of their budding romance.
This month’s awesome cast includes Jami Chatalas Blanchard, Jonah Weston, and Andrea White.
“I’m ready to laugh,” says director David Berkson. “2016 was such a tough year, and we have to move forward and fight the good fight. But we also need to fill the world with joy – and that means laughter. These are four of my favorite plays performed by three of my favorite actors. This is exactly how I want to start 2017.”