Him, Her, Them, Us – opens next week!

Now that Quinland has graduated from high school, it is up to the other fry to keep me posted about the goings-on of the SouthWest StageWorks theatre company. The fall musical, an adaptation of Love’s Labour’s Lost, was hilarious, and I have been anxiously awaiting the next production, which opens on February 15th.

Why am I so excited for this one? Well, it could be because of the consistently stellar work done by the Wilson theatre department. But it could also be because Gracie has a lead in the play! Call me biased about my fry if you like, but that kid can act, and I can’t wait to see her slay the audience. (I believe that is a figurative phrase, but the makeup previews I’ve seen on Instagram have been pretty gory, so…)

I have taken the liberty of lifting the information for the play right off the (SW)2 website for your convenience, so read on for more info.  For tickets, click HERE.



Written by: Claire Willett and Jeffrey Denight
Directed by: Matthew B. Zrebski

In its sixth year collaborating with SouthWest StageWorks at Wilson High School, Playwrights West company members Claire Willett and Jeff Denight have each penned a one-act, investigating the themes and challenges associated with gender and coming of age in the 21st Century.  This thematic choice is based largely on observations at Wilson High School and in schools across the city and country.  More and more, the definitions and expectations of gender are being challenged and redefined.  The emerging generation is front and center in confronting what may be a paradigm shift in how gender and identity are both claimed and perceived.  The plays will be presented as an evening of theatre with an intermission separating them.

Red Sky At Morning
by Claire Willett
Old friendships, new crushes, and way too much pizza meet swashbuckling adventure as Marcus and his friends play a maritime battle role-playing game.  But when the game collides with real life, all must confront the ways we’re shaped – for bad or good – by the online communities we live in.  A biting comedy, Red Sky At Morning dares us to confront how 21st Century media is defining the people we are – and the people we might become.

by Jeff Denight
Jacky is a teen with a most sacred secret. As her disclosed truth ripples through the community, forces clash to define the acceptable, the normative, the allowable.   Expectations are weaponized.  Silence is used as violence.  And threats loom in the form of unimaginable horror.  A neo-modernist drama, LOST_FOR_WORDS pushes the boundaries of theatricality, demanding that we question how we choose to embrace – or reject – the gray areas in our lives…
(Runs Feb 15-24 and is appropriate for audiences aged Middle School and older for mature language and situations)

Plan #6 – See a play


It’s play time!

Quinland’s in the Wilson High School SouthWest StageWorks (SW)2 production of Antigone – on now! it opened last night and there are still tickets available for the following performances:

  • Sunday, Nov 8 – 2 pm
  • Thursday, Nov 12 – 7 pm
  • Friday, Nov 13 – 7 pm
  • Saturday, Nov 14 – 7 pm

David and I went to see it tonight and were very impressed. It is the French playwright Anouilh’s adaptation of the ancient Theban drama by Sophocles, complete with Greek chorus. Q plays Haemon, Antigone’s love interest (and gets to be loving, angry, and despairing – because it is, after all, a Greek tragedy).

So, come on down! See the play! You can get tickets online at southweststageworks.com or take your chances by coming early and getting tickets at the door. I’ll be going again on the 13th and 14th and I’d love to see you there!

Future Tense


Quinland is in another SouthWest StageWorks production this month, a set of three short plays by Ray Bradbury called Future Tense. Q is in the ensemble of the first two plays (The Veldt and Kaleidoscope) and plays the Young Child in the third play, To the Chicago Abyss.

David and I went to the matinee showing on Mother’s Day. I had no idea what to expect, other than that if it’s Ray Bradbury, it must be science fiction. I don’t want to give any of the plots away, but I will say that the show is pretty intense. I highly recommend seeing it, but it’s not suitable for small children.

Besides beaming with pride at how well Q did in his role, I really enjoyed Sofia as Wendy in The Veldt, Tristan as Applegate in Kaleidoscope, and Luke as the Old Man in To the Chicago Abyss. So much so, in fact, that I’m going to go at least once more this week (or maybe twice)! Besides, the seating is in the round, so I’ll get a chance to see it from a couple of different angles.

Future Tense continues this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (5/14/15 through 5/16/15) at Wilson High School. Seating is limited; tickets are available online. (Click here for tickets.)