Trudy, new to the theatre scene, has just been hired as stage manager for an upcoming play at a small community theatre. The problem is Trudy is inept, clumsy, and more than that, she's a jinx. The cast agrees that Trudy is a modern-day gremlin who is cursing the show and that she must go once and for all. So, why doesn't the director fire her? Because Trudy is the theatre owner's only niece. Realizing that throwing her out isn't an option, they resolve to de-hex her instead in order to make the theatre a safe haven once again. An old book of theatre superstitions is brought in, and the reverse-the-curse shenanigans and laughs begin.
PLAYWRIGHT EDDIE MCPHERSON TALKS ABOUT
"BREAK A LEG"
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: There are endless possibilities for misunderstandings and doubletalk in a backstage comedy. I wanted to write something in which the bottom line was for the cast and audience.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: I like the scene where Dixie and Elizabeth are introduced. The play on words was fun to write. I also like the de-hexing scene in Act II.
Q: WHERE DO THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: After teaching drama and directing shows as many years as I have, I have known all these characters at one point or another. But they weren't patterned after anyone specific. (Safe answer, right?)
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: An entertaining evening of theatre. I know that's a boring answer but it's true.
Q: ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SAY ABOUT IT?
A: Have fun with this show. It should move fast with lots of energy.