In the dead of this winter, board-treaders are bringing some dark tales, designed to toy with the recesses of our minds, to stages all across the East End.
Three local theater companies are opening new productions this coming weekend.
The Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue is staging Theresa Rebeck’s “Dead Accounts,” a take on the chasm that divides Americans in the midwest from their countrymen in New York, this Thursday, Jan. 14 through Jan. 31. Andrew Botsford will direct.
Up in Mattituck, the North Fork Community Theatre is producing Edward Albee’s classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” opening Friday night, Jan. 15 and continuing through Jan. 31. James Pritchard will direct.
The Southampton Cultural Center hosts “Sordid Lives,” Dell Shore’s “black comedy about white trash” gathered for a Texas funeral, Thursday, Jan. 14 through Sunday, Jan. 31. Michael Disher and Joan Lyons will direct.
“Dead Accounts” at HTC tells the story of Jack Leonard, a native son of Cincinnati, Ohio, who returns home unexpectadly after a brief career in high finance in New York, where he managed to become an overnight millionaire under questionable circumstances.
Jack is played by John Carlin, who made his debut with the HTC last winter in “Time Stands Still.” HTC newcomer Mary McGloin plays his sister, Lorna. Their mother, Barbara, is played by HTC Artistic Director Diana Marbury, last seen on the stage in last spring’s “Hay Fever.”
Rebecca Edana, last seen in Quogue in last season’s “Clybourne Park,” has the role of Jenny, Jack’s wife. Peter Connolly, who appeared in the HTC’s 2010 revival of “Bedroom Farce,” plays Jack’s high school friend Phil.
Terry Teachout described “Dead Accounts” in The Wall Street Journal as “a dead-serious comedy about what happens to people who, like Jack and Lorna, wake up one morning and realize that their lives haven’t lived up to their dreams.”
“Dead Accounts” runs at the Quogue Community Hall from January 14 through 31 with shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.. The performance on Thursday, January 21, will be followed by a talkback with members of the cast and the director.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for senior citizens (except on Saturdays) and $10 for students under 21 years of age, and are available online here or at OvationTix at 1.866.811.4111.
NFCT’s classic “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” needs little introduction. The play follows an evening of late night drinks at George and Martha’s after a faculty party turn into a harrowing evening for their unsuspecting guests, Nick and Honey.
This stinging domestic drama depicts a toxic marriage laced with cruel games and black humor, and lays bare the dark underside of human relationships. This play is shown in three full acts and contains adult content and language.
Susan Hedges will play Martha, Jim Pearsall will play George, Scott Butler will play Nick and Kelsey Cheslock will play Honey.
An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 15 before the opening night curtain at 8 p.m.
Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays through Jan. 31. Tickets are $15 and area available online here. Call 631.298.NFCT for a seat or a full-season subscription.
“Sordid Lives,” which was both a film and a short-lived TV series as well as a stage play, follows three generations of a family in a small Texas town as they gather for the funeral of their family matriarch, whose death occurred during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel.
The original play premiered in Los Angeles in 1996 and won 14 Drama-Logue Awards. It has since become a notable and quotable cult classic.
The cast includes Tom Gregory, Edward Kassar, John Leonard, Deborah Marshall, Joseph Marshall, JoAnna Mincarelli, Mary Sabo, Frances Sherman, Danielle Shuman, Kristin Whiting, Gerri Wilson and Scott Wilson.
Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Jan. 14 through 31.Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for students under 21. Tickets can be purchased online here or by calling 631.287.4377.