FEBRUARY 9 – MARCH 4, 2017
By Caryl Churchill
Fridays and Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 3
Tickets $20 adults/$18 students/seniors
"Intelligent, inventive and funny..." - New York Times
"...Don't know when I've had more fun. It blends farce, pathos into a work of total theatre." - New York Daily News
Black Box Studios Proudly Presents CLOUD 9 By CARYL CHURCHILL
Directed by MATT OKIN
Featuring: MICHAEL EGAN, MICHAEL GARDINER, SARA GIACOMINI, DANIELLE MANENTE, DANIELLE MACMATH, JOSEPH RAMONDINO and LAURENCE WALLACE
Designers: FRANK AVELLINO and GERARD BOURCIER
Stage Manager/Male Swing: JASON FELIX
Assistant Stage Manager/Female Swing: SARA GIACOMINI
Movement Consultant: MICHELLE PUSKAS
Musical Consultant/Producer: HUEY ESQUIRE/BLACK BOX STUDIOS
Cloud 9, the time-shifting comedy by the author of Top Girls created a sensation with its 1981 Off-Broadway premiere, directed by Tommy Tune. Originally both parody and spoof of the Victorian Empire and its rigid attitudes, especially toward sex, the piece takes on new meaning in today's interconnected world. In Act One, there is Clive, a British functionary; his wife Betty (played by a man); their daughter Victoria (a rag doll); Clive's friend Harry, an explorer; Mrs. Saunders, who runs about dressed in a riding habit; Clive's son Edward, who still plays with dolls and is played by a woman; and Joshua, a native servant who knows exactly what is really going on.
What really is going on is a marvelous send-up and a non-stop round-robin of sexual liaisons. The second act shifts to London in 1979 except for the surviving characters it is only twenty-five years later, and all those repressed sexual longings have evaporated along with the Empire.
Cloud 9 plays the following 12-performance schedule: Thursday, February 9th, 8PM Friday, February 10th, 8PM Saturday, February 11th, 8PM Thursday, February 16th, 8PM Friday, February 17th, 8PM Saturday, February 18th, 8PM Thursday, February 23rd, 8PM Friday, February 24th, 8PM Saturday, February 25th, 8PM Thursday, March 2nd, 8PM Friday, March 3rd, 8PM Saturday, March 4th, 8PM
Tickets are $20 ($18 for students/seniors).
Advisory: Due to graphic language and content, viewer discretion is advised for Cloud 9.
Photographs courtesy of Glenn L. Photography
Cast of Cloud 9 (l to r) Joseph Ramondino, Mike Egan, Sara Giacomini, Danielle MacMath, Danielle Manente, Mike Gardiner, and Laurence Wallace