Abigail’s Party Opening at A Red Orchid Theatre

a red orchid A Red Orchid Theatre closes its 2009-2010 season with Abigail’s Party, written by Mike Leigh and directed by Shade Murray. The production will run February 12 – March 28, 2010 at A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells.

Abigail is having a party and none of us are invited, but do not miss the cocktail party just down the block… Beverly and Lawrence are having the “grown-ups” over and this party promises hilarity and horror the likes of which you can not imagine.  The petty competition is fierce as social relationships are laid bare exposing the obsessions, prejudices, dreams and aspirations of the guests. A sort-of comedy of manners, Abigail’s Party was developed through lengthy improvisations in which Mike Leigh and his actors explored characters and the realities of day-to-day life in all their beautiful, terrible glory.

ensemble_redOrchid “This season is about celebrating the Ensemble and the ongoing process that makes us A Red Orchid Theatre,” says Artistic Director Kirsten Fitzgerald. “Not only does Mike Leigh’s play offer the opportunity to have more than one or two Ensemble Members on stage together, it poses challenging questions to the creative team and our audiences; confronting the easy assumptions we so often make about relationships.”

Director Shade Murray adds, "On the surface, Abigail’s Party is pure British "cringe" comedy; you laugh as you recoil at the outrageous comments made by these ill-mannered folks and their complete lack of self-awareness. At the same time, it’s a timely social commentary asking us to consider the strength of the connective tissue that holds us to our spouses, our friends and our neighbors."

Tickets can be found at A Red Orchid Theatre’s website www.aredorchidtheatre.org

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