PCPA Theaterfest presents
|PCPA presents two recent plays in a play reading format. One, ENRON, explores the world of ultimate greed and corruption, while the other, The Story of My Life, is about the loyal and profoundly life-changing friendship between two men. The plays run alternately February 25 through March 6 in the Severson Theatre.
ENRON is a theatrical and explosive tale of the collapse of a company; inspired by real events, but told as a sprawling, dynamic tragedy. Lucy Prebble’s play was summarized by Variety, “…watching the corporate crime that defined the end of the twentieth century isn’t just instructive, it’s a gloriously guilty pleasure …a cross between an insightful analysis and a savage satire of high capitalism as moral vacuum.” ENRON will play just four performances in the Severson Theatre.
ENRON is directed by Patricia M. Troxel and features resident artists (and artistic director) Mark Booher as Ken Lay, Quinn Mattfeld as Jeff Skilling, Josh Machamer as Andy Fastow, and Kitty Balay playing a trio of roles. The New York Post review noted, “Enron is a whip-smart, edge-of-your-seat ride that’d rival anything at Six Flags.” The Guardian observed, “The play shows how the Texan energy giant, Enron, moved from a model of the future to a bankrupt disaster with debts of $38-billion…the pulse and vigor of the play and production stems from [the] ability to make complex financial ideas manifest.” Playwright Lucy Prebble told The Sunday Times, “There isn’t anything interesting to me about hindsight, or about condemning people who have literally been convicted already. I’m fascinated by cults, by people who convince a huge number of other people to think that everything they thought was right is wrong. And Skilling was that sort of person.” Contains adult language/themes.
Playing in rotating rep and also for just four performances is The Story of My Life with music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill. This one act musical is a tribute to the power of friendship and the people who change lives forever. Thomas Weaver is a best-selling, award-winning author. Alvin Kelby was his best friend for thirty years. But time can test the bonds of friendship, and when it does, Thomas calls on the only resource he has – his stories of Alvin – to learn where things went wrong.
The Story of My Life is a richly melodic musical in one act and features just two actors, Michael Jenkinson and Callum Morris. It’s directed by Katie Mack-Montenegro with musical direction by Kristin Blascyk. Playbill.com illustrates our characters thus, “Thomas (Michael Jenkinson) is described as a successful and charismatic writer of inspirational stories who has embraced success at the expense of his personal life. The play follows his journey from a carefree six-year-old to a conflicted and emotionally blocked 35-year-old. Alvin (Callum Morris) is a youthful, childlike and sensitive free-spirit with a unique perspective on life. He also possesses an undercurrent of serenity. His adoration for his friend is complete and unconditional.” In 2009 The Story of My Life was nominated for four Drama Desk awards, including outstanding Musical.
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The Story of My Life
Where: Severson Theatre – Allan Hancock College Campus 800 S. College Dr, Santa Maria, Ca
Tickets: $17.00, one reading; $12.75, second reading – Special pricing not available for online purchases.
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