VETERAN CAST BRING LOCAL PLAYWRIGHTS WORK TO LIFE IN WORLD PREMIERE
Tucson, AZ. April 25, 2013 - The Red Barn Theatre Company made a dream come true for local playwright Vince Flynn when they invited him to direct his own play, Taking on Macbeth, as part of their 2013 season. This entertaining comedy-drama will open May 10th and run through May 26th.
Taking on Macbeth was developed in sessions with the Old Pueblo Playwrights, and debuted last year as a staged reading at their new play festival. These plays are performed by actors reading from scripts, offering the writer an opportunity to see and hear audience reaction and receive helpful feedback. “Having a full-out production, however, is any playwright’s dream,” Flynn says, “and being able to cast my own characters and move them off the page and onto the stage is about as good as it gets.”
The play centers on a father and son. Martin, the father, played by Ken Beider, is a local celebrity and a veteran actor who owns a popular bar in a large Midwestern town. His son AJ, played by Matt Brown, is an ex-Marine recently returned from combat. The local theatre group is staging Macbeth this year, and everyone knows that Martin is a shoo-in for the title role—everyone, that is, but the director, and AJ. Even though he is an inexperienced actor, AJ has caught the director’s eye and is now a candidate for the lead. Martin’s understanding wife, the very flamboyant director, and AJ’s new girlfriend all raise the stakes in this dynamic play. Tucson theatre veterans Ina Shivack, Dan Reichel and Renata Rauschen play the remaining characters respectively. “With a cast like this, the experience, the depth…how can a guy go wrong. Each of the cast have added a bit of themselves to the characters and have helped bring them to life.”
No stranger to theatre, Flynn has been a high school drama teacher since 1970 in international schools in Europe and Asia as well as in schools in the United States. He has directed numerous school and community plays and musicals. He also wrote the book and lyrics for Affair Exchange, a musical comedy that enjoyed a successful run at The Playhouse in San Francisco.
The world premiere of “Taking On Macbeth” will open on May 10th and continue through May 26th. Performances will be on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 with Sunday matinees at 2. For more information or to make reservations call 887 6239.
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