DARK PLAY OR STORIES FOR BOYS
Outcry Theatre presented
dark play or stories for boys
at WaterTower Theatre's
Out of the Loop Fringe Festival
March 2-4 & 10-11, 2012
In dark play or stories for boys, Nick, a brilliant but desperately lonely teen, discovers the intoxicating pleasures of creating fake online personas, toying with faceless strangers. Nick stumbles across the words, “I want to fall in love,” on 16-year-old Adam’s profile. Intrigued, Nick creates the girl of Adam’s dreams. But when Adam insists on meeting her, Nick loses control of his game, with catastrophic and thrilling consequences.
Jacob Aaron Cullum
Assistant Director/Stage Manager
Sound and Projection Designer
“Some plays are outre. Some break new ground. Some are devastating. Some plays do all this, and forever change the way you see the world. They succeed on so many levels you feel as if lightning has cracked your skull. Outcry Theatre’s production of Carlos Murillo’s dark play or stories for boys is brash, merciless, cunning, overwhelming.” “Outcry has demonstrated you don’t need deep pockets to create astonishing drama.” “The cast of this tour de force is uniformly versatile, submerged, spontaneous and utterly mesmerizing. Director Becca Jonson-Spinos has concocted vibrant, kinetic touches that electrify the text. Adam Garst has shown phenomenal bravery and brilliance in his willingness to inhabit a character as charismatic, elusive, mercurial, reptilian and damaged as Nick.”
-Christopher Stephen Soden, Dallas Examiner
“Director Becca Johnson-Spinos certainly delivers the physical and visceral goods here. There are jerky ritual dance-like moves. There are primal screams of self-loathing.” “The performance level is high. You admire Garst's acting prowess even as you despise his character. And Daniel Hubbard and Liz Acklin contribute a series of interesting satellite characters. Hubbard is particularly versatile, playing everything from a brutal cyber bully to a flirtatious Asian babe.” “There's some nifty visual garnish, designed by Jason Johnson-Spinos and projected onto a rear screen. And Dan Johnson's original music is mood-enhancing.”
-Perry Stewart, TheaterJones
Photographs by Kelsey Ervi and Jason Johnson-Spinos
dark play or stories for boys was presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.