Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The August D3C and After

Welcome to the third season and second year of Dialogue with Three Chords. 

I've thought a lot about what this year will be like, and the best analogy I can make is, the scripts in 2011-2012 were like: 

and this year, they will be more like: 

the same song but different takes, different arrangements, and different intentions. A move from the dark and devastated, to the dark and redemptive. We will experiment more, and we will play, and we will do our best to move you, but we will try and break hearts as we do it. 

We built something last year that we were proud of, and we were humbled that you came to see it, and this year, we want to sing and shout and make some profoundly sad and joyful noise. 

We're going to dance until we can barely hold ourselves together. We will be wilder and more devastating, and we hope to see you there.

First up is "When I Dream, I See Strange Men" and "The Baddest Man You Ever Wrought". 

"Baddest Man" is a play about booze, guns, and gender politics set in McDonough Georgia, and it tells the story of a night filled with bad decisions and the morning-after fall-out.

The curtain-raiser, “When I Dream, I See Strange Men”, is the first in a series of monologues that will open each of this season’s D3C events. Told from the perspective of people who believe they’ve had alien encounters, the “When I Dream” series is a heartbreaking look at men and women who doggedly believe the impossible and what that does to their day-to-day lives.

These plays feature:
John Harlacher as Bobby
Kendra Leigh Landon as Tricia
Sean Meehan as Dwight
Jennifer Skura as Kayleen 

Jason Jacoby as JJ

..and, as always, were directed by Michael LoPorto, written by Stephen Gracia, and produced by Edie Nugent, and if that Bonnie "Prince" Billy penned song is the soundtrack for the night, our charcaters are more concerned with these lyrics:

       "Well, you know I have a love, a love for everyone I know.
          And you know I have a drive to live, I won't let go..."

Than these:

      "But can you see this opposition comes rising up sometimes?
       That it's dreadful imposition, comes blacking in my mind..."

This season, everyone can see a darkness, but it's how they face it, and who they allow to save them that matters most.

- Stephen