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Monday, October 8, 2012

She's Back! Beth Kander's "Scrambled" World Premiere Presented by BCTC

Scrambled opens Thursday 
downtown on Short Street
call 859-246-6672 for information.

For those of you who enjoyed Beth Kander's See Jane QUIT, a few years ago, you will be happy to know that our friends at BCTC, under the direction of Professor Tim X Davis, are proud to present another world premiere written by the popular playwright.  

The piece is called Scrambled, and Beth tells us it is about a "broke, getting-a-little-down young woman named Sara, whose much more successful roommate gives her an advertisement seeking a Jewish egg donor, telling Sara: "Hey, if I were Jewish, I'd do it." Sara is initially offended, but then begins to pursue the possibility, and her encounter with the serious, fertility-challenged young Orthodox woman called Neshama leaves both of them questioning what they believe and what defines someone's identity."

Kander's natural sense of humor and wit is certain to be served over easy throughout the script. "There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments but also a few punches straight to the gut. I had the idea for this play many years ago, after someone handed me a similar advertisement. When I finally sat down to write it, a little over a year ago, it took me a few months to write the first draft. Then I did a table read and some workshopping locally, spent another month revising, and then started submitting it to contests and publishers. Amazingly, it won a few awards, including the biggest playwriting award in the Southeast, the SETC Charles M. Getchell New Play Award. I was floored! Now the script is represented by Steele Spring Theatrical Licensing in Los Angeles, and hopefully will be produced all over ... but the first official production will be in Lexington, Kentucky."
Award winning author Beth Kander


Beth points out that the setting of the play is flexible.  "It takes place in the present day, in an unnamed city. I didn't want to put the story in a specific place - it could be any city large enough to have some suburbs (since the proximity to the 'burbs winds up factoring into the story), and I wanted directors to feel free to place it where they will. Some of my other plays require a specific dialect or location, but this one doesn't - except, of course, for the Yiddish dialect of the Old-World Bubbe (grandmother) character."

When asked why she agreed Tim X Davis and BCTC could premiere/produce her play, she emphasizes her respect for the BicTic theatre program.  "Tim and BCTC did a great job with my Southern comedy See Jane Quit back in 2010. That was the debut of that play, too - and it just got picked up by Steele Spring as well! When I came into town for See Jane Quit, the Lexington community was so warm and welcoming, and so responsive as an audience. The actors were all terrific, too. I'm really excited to be able to return to the city, and know the production is in Tim's capable hands."

For those who may have forgotten or did not have the opportunity to see Beth Kander's work before, here's a link to one of my posts about See Jane Quit:  
http://kimmyville.blogspot.com/2010/02/see-jane-quit-is-winner-who-says.html 

 

Ahh.  The air is crisp. The leaves are falling.  The curtains are parting, and there is much theatre in the crisp air for everyone to enjoy. You will not want to miss this debut of Beth Kander's play presented by BCTC.  Even if you are not familiar with her work, if you enjoy great theatre, you are sure to soon become a fan!

See you there,
peace,
Kimmy


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October 11-13, 2012

7:30 pm


The Lucille Little Theatre at Sts Peter and Paul Regional Catholic School
423 West Short Street
Tickets $12 

Call 859-246-6672 for information 
* SPECIAL NOTE_ There will be a talk back with playwright Beth Kander immediately following Friday evenings performance. 

PLEASE feel free to stick around and participate with Beth and the cast and crew.

CAST
Sara- Katy Luyster
Margie- Sara Rugg
Neshama- Sarah Mansfield
Bubbe- Tonda Fields
Janice- Aly Miller
AND Charles Haspel as "The Voice"

Sara is wisecracking, single, broke and secular. Neshama is serious, married, infertile and Orthodox. When fate, God and Sara's Episcopalian roommate bring these two Jewish women together, each must question what really matters, what they really want - and what they're willing to do to get it. As Sara considers donating her eggs, and Neshama ponders accepting them, both women find themselves unexpectedly scrambled.

Winner of the 2012 Charles M. Getchell New Play Award, finalist in the Dorothy Silver and Metrowest New Play Project competitions, Scrambled has been called funny, poignant and thought-provoking.

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