My new full-length play, Lab Rats, opens in Boston tonight. I've had a blast working with the Brown Box Theatre Project. I couldn't asked for a better team--the director, Kyler Taustin, and I really clicked, and our cast of Brenna Fitzgerald and Marc Pierre are superb.
The show runs for the next two
weeks at Atlantic Wharf in downtown Boston (Fri-Sun, 7:30pm, November
6-15, and tickets are free! (But you should reserve ahead.) And then we go on tour to the Eastern Short of Maryland.
Night day for the premiere of a new full-length play is a little like
Christmas Eve. There's such great mystery and anticipation. The audience
will be bringing the final gift to the production--their presence and
attention. We give them our talents and energy and words. And when the
lights finally go up, we unwrap it all and hope for great joy. The
anticipation for that moment is wonderful and dreadful. The hours creep
by. (I plan to pass the time by painting my house.) For playwrights,
we're lucky if we get this moment once a year (sometimes it's a LOT
longer between them). I try to do my best to savor it all, even the
anxious moments of waiting.
Here's a summary of the play:
and Jake earn a slim living as test subjects in medical experiments.
When their waiting room banter deepens into a real relationship, these
drifting twenty-somethings must navigate a treacherous maze of emotion,
trust, and survival as their carefully monitored and medicated lives
bleed into their true selves.Lab Rats, a World Premiere production by
Boston playwright Patrick Gabridge, is a sharply comic love story that
poignantly examines the raw connection between two damaged humans as
they struggle to redefine what it means to escape.