| Open: 03/30/12 Close: 04/14/12
HA! is a trio of Rich Orloff’s most popular and acclaimed one-act comedies. The three plays have had a total of over 300 productions in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Each of the three comedies has been published in the annual Best American Short Plays anthology.
Oedi, a parody of Oedipus Rex, focuses on the overlooked fact that if Oedipus married his mother, then she had to be old enough to be his mother.
The News From St. Petersburg, a Chekhovian spoof set in 1905 Russia, examines the effect of a rumor on an aristocratic couple, their doctor, and an overworked and temporarily overjoyed serf.
The Whole Shebangasks, “What if the entire universe was just a college student’s masters thesis on another dimension?” When the student’s roommate picks up the wrong two humans to be visual aids at the student’s presentation, the value of the project becomes highly questionable. The Whole Shebang was televised on A&E’s General Motors Playwrights Theatre in the mid-1990s and boasted a cast of Mark-Linn Baker, Teri Garr, Martin Mull and Marian Seldes. Since then the play has been published in two anthologies and had over 150 productions in nine countries. It will next be performed in Frankfurt in May.
The cast of HA!, each of whom plays multiple roles, includes Jarel Davidow (The Love List), Anne Fizzard (Verbatim Verboten), Gerrianne Raphael (Broadway: Man of La Mancha, Hallelujah, Baby!) Mike Smith Rivera (nominated, Best Supporting Actor Strawberry One-Act Festival), and Evan Thompson (Broadway: Ivanov, 1776, An American Daughter).
The creative team includes Ric Sechrest (director), Meagan Miller-McKeever (scenic and prop design), Holly Rihn (costume design) and Richard Kent Green (lighting design). Kate Dial is stage manager, and Jessi Blue Gormezano is production manager.
Produced by The WorkShop Theater and the Foolish Theatre Company.