Elephants on Parade 2011
This year’s festival features five world premieres and one New York area premiere that expose the fears and horrors underlying modern American life. Daniel Welser Carrol’s “The Day the Devil Passed Through Harper County” recounts a pivotal moment in the life of a rural couple that calls into question issues of personal strength, family duties, and Christian charity. Matthew Hanf’s “The Sandbox” explores the tragi-comic nature of suburban life, cat poop, and a child’s sandbox. Alexander Motyl’s “Waiting by Godot” explores the flipside of Beckett’s famous play, where we finally discover what the title character was up to. Michael Niederman’s “The Fairy Tale of America” depicts Little Red Riding Hood, a nubile lass, on her way to Grandma's house when she is beset upon by the Big Bad Wolf, a savage beast intent on ravishing her in the worst possible way; only with the help of the wise old Hunter can Little Red escape a most perilous fate. Chris Purnell’s “0800-HELP-U-WRITE” follows a man who hires a young writer to compose his suicide note as both his conscience and his sister get in the way. Finally, Tom Sime’s “The Right Reasons” comically flips the stereotype of the faked orgasm on its head as a young woman fights to discover the truth behind her boyfriend’s empty condom.
4/5/2011 at 7:30pm