Absurdist Plays and a Free Scene!
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
An absurdist farce which takes place in a park where three men in boxes comment on humanity and the passersby who frequent their territory. They urge one and all to conform to the constraints of society, but in the end it is they who must practice what they preach. Through the use of stereotype, cliché and controversial comments, the characters humorously expose their flaws and allow the audience to laugh at some of their own shortcomings. About 30 minutes.
Ever forced to wait and wait…and wait? Want to scream at nonsensical bureaucracy? Then you’ll sympathize with Mr. Poosch who, after he accidentally leaves his well-made coat in the country to the North, finds tremendous hurdles when he attempts to get it back. First, he cannot obtain the right paperwork to travel, and then, when he finally arrives, it is Sunday and the country is closed on Sundays. A homeless man finds the coat and finds his luck turns around while wearing it. Meanwhile, poor Mr. Poosch finds himself broke, hungry, and laboring in the street. He’s even mugged by a dog! Finding he doesn’t much care for a life of fame and money, the homeless man gives Mr. Poosch his coat after an accidental meeting. While Mr. Poosch finally and happily returns to a stable life, we see bureaucracy hits full swing with another victim!
Follow the adventures of two Victorian street urchins—annoyingly enthusiastic and melodramatic—who still await with joy the return of their missing father after many years. As they gratefully and cheerfully accept their circumstances of foraging and freezing, Pip and Mimsy, accompanied by friend Fimm Bimbles, have a chance encounter with an evil and hypnotic puppet named Begeloits, who draws the unwitting children into his nefarious plan to kill the Queen. Coincidence and fate lead Pip and Mimsy to Court where they are reunited with their miserly Uncle Scrooge and where, somehow, Pip, Mimsy, and Fimm foil the Royal Nephew’s assassination attempt on the Queen. The dark, melodramatic humor is off-putting, provocative, and yet at the same time “ever so” appealing. You’ll be strangely drawn to this play!