FEBRUARY 19 6:30PM - 9:00PM
In the Black Box Theatre
Directed by Samuel Jack
Four middle-aged buddies reunite for a “guys’ weekend”- complete with old music, cheap beer and enough cholesterol to stop Superman’s heart. These guys are out to prove they’ve still got it, so they’re going to party like its 1979! It’s all going well until one of them doesn’t show up… but his wife does.
Snowed in overnight, an epic battle ensues: will man be judged the superior sex or will woman prevail? Will love triumph or will old grudges win? And finally, perhaps most importantly, if Doritos are made of corn, why can’t they be considered a vegetable?
PERFORMANCE DATES ARE: April 12 - 28, 2024
(All are in their early fifties and have known each other since college.)
T.J. - The alpha of the group. at times bigger than life, boisterous, the ringleader. The guys may chide him but they love and need him for it. Professionally, T.J. is the creative head of an ad agency. He’s very good at what he does but like everyone in any creative endeavor, is thought (wrongly!) to be losing it as he ages. This is because the only true genius in the world resides in those under thirty years old and everyone knows that. Therefore he’s under pressure from his board of directors to step down. He drinks a lot but always seems to be in control. Divorced, he takes a dim view of relationships these days. He particularly hates Jessie, as it becomes clear that they had a relationship back when that ended poorly. He’s here to recapture that youthful thing he and his buddies had…and to forget his age and the outside world for a weekend.
JESSIE - Strong, smart, quick, a bit sarcastic, she can give as good as she gets and then some. a doctor and mother, she’s used to being right and in charge. She is most often both. She dresses well and tries to maintain a calm and superior air. She is the beloved but absent Adrian’s wife. She and T.J. were briefly a thing in college but are so very different now that it seems absurd. She is at the cabin this weekend to do a tough chore and despite her strength, avoids doing it till her back is against the wall. Despite her occasional snarkiness, we should like her.
MARK - A nice guy who means well and loves his friends even though he borders on a sad sack at times. He’s a professional writer who has recently been let go from his newspaper and is surviving (barely) on a smattering of freelance assignments. Happily married but nervous about his life, he, like the other men, is here this weekend to forget his troubles and try to have some fun. He’s also here to see if the very successful Adrian can help him get a job. He is like a “middle child” facilitator in that he tries to keep things smooth and will go along to get along. He loves his friends.
RICHARD - A very nice guy who up until recently was a vice president at his company, deacon at church, learned French, took cooking classes and more, until he was hit with a stroke. The right side of his face and body are affected the most. His right arm stays mostly in an “l” position, the hand is closed, his face droops on that side, his speech is affected. while barely intelligible generally, when he talks, he has particular trouble with the “s” sound, making a “th” instead. He often needs translation from his buddy Mark. The places where he should be just clear enough to be understood by the audience are marked with an asterisk. while the translation is a source of comedy, Richard himself isn’t. He’s one of the guys this weekend and after an initial brief trepidation, he will act and be treated as such.
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