Friday, February 5, 2010

The Woodpecker by Samuel Brett Williams

Originally posted 2/20/11 - backdated to organize posts by topic.

The famed Ivory-billed Woodpecker continues to inspire artists, like playwright Samuel Brett Williams, whose new play The Woodpecker premieres soon at The Mutineer Theatre Company in Los Angeles California.  Here is a bit more about the play, and you can click the image above for more details.

“Believin’ ain’t hard when believin’s all ya’ got.”  It's Jimmy's last day before going to war, he's addicted to glue, his mom is seeing visions in the sweet potato casserole, and his wheelchair-bound dad can kick his ass. Oppressed by his father’s abusive expectations, his mother’s delusional addiction, and the sweltering heat of the Arkansas summer, Jimmy turns to the only friend he has and pleads for help. God answers him with the rare and elusive Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. Lured by aspirations of heroism and his father’s insistence that he’s nothing more than a freak, Jimmy embarks beyond his family’s trailer park on an embattled exploration of faith and freedom. Trapped in a land where the line between right and wrong is easily blurred, Jimmy must decide for himself if he has what it takes to be a hero.

Running March 5, 2011 - April 3, 2011, with performances,
 Fridays & Saturdays @8pm, Sundays @7pm. 


Jay said...

This play sounds very interesting. If it was on stage anywhere near me, I would definitely make an effort to see it.

Bill Benish said...

Yep. Sounds like the playwright didn't have the easiest of childhoods!

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