Wednesday, September 26, 2018

“PARLOR PLAYS 5” PREMIERS NEW WORK IN HAMPDEN

Image may contain: one or more peoplePARLOR PLAY: Mother Road
by Baltimore playwright Peter Davis

WHEN: September 28 and 29 at 7 and 9pm
WHERE
: The Old Church On Falls, 3649 Falls Road in Hampden
TICKETS: $10. Refreshments will be available for an additional cost. Tickets can be purchased on FACEBOOK or HERE

Mother Road features three characters. It is set in 1968, the year Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated, the year of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam and the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Darrell was drafted and fought in Vietnam. He has returned home to pick up the pieces of his life. His high school sweetheart Carolyn, by contrast, has found her voice, her womanhood and her desire. How will they relate to each other now? Can love survive pain and time?

"The style of parlor plays deviates from the typical theater experience, which usually consists of strictly divided spaces between the actors and the audience. This environment heightens the level of involvement and intimacy within the theater. This interaction completely tears away the generally assumed barrier between the theatrical world and the exterior one,” said Seola Lee, reviewer of Parlor Plays 4.

Davis says, "Mother Road is the latest in my series of plays that deal with the essence of relationships, power and mercy. It’s important to present this play in this “parlor” because the space fosters a sense of immediacy and involvement with the audience. We’re all so close when it’s happening, that every breath, word and gesture matters. "

The venue offers the warmth of a home and the funky vibe of a salon. The audience will have the opportunity to discuss the play with the playwright, director and actors after each performance.