Finding the Rooster
by Terence Patrick Hughes
directed by Terence Patrick Hughes
Set in New England in 1965, Finding the Rooster is about the wealthy and volatile Fine family whose profits and losses both emanate from war. On this evening, the father of the family, Richard, a wealthy weapons manufacturer and self-made man has summoned a group of lawyers to his elegant home to draw up divorce papers in bitter reaction to his wife’s alleged affair. His aristocratic wife Evelyn has become an alcoholic over the loss of her older son who was killed in the war. She goads Richard into a nasty fight during which he informs her that not only will she lose the right to see their younger son Oscar when they divorce, but that he has hired a technician to dismantle Oscar and send him to military school. Evelyn’s flamboyant alcoholic brother Pinkie arrives to defend his sister and regale his troubled nephew with stories of literary icons he has known and anti-heroic tales of his military service during WWII. After a series of revelations and eruptions the family finally makes peace, but as in any “war“ the losses may outweigh the final victory.
5/8/2009 at 7:00pm