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Two Plays Opening at Cornish

Two Plays Opening at Cornish

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The Drunken City by Adam Bock and William Inge’s Summer Brave take to stages at Cornish

Two plays are coming to Cornish stages, The Drunken City by Adam Bock and Summer Brave by William Inge. Both are comedies of romance-in-turmoil set in motion by handsome strangers but they represent very different periods of American drama. Bock’s play won the Outer Critic’s award for outstanding Off-Broadway play in 2008; Inge’s Summer Brave was a 1953 first draft of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Picnic rewritten for production in 1975.

The Drunken City appears in Studio 102 in the Main Campus Center at 1000 Lenora Street under the direction of Roger Benington. Its author not only won the Outer Critics’ Circle award, but in 2012 won a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for his work. Off on the bar crawl to end all crawls, three twenty-something brides-to-be find their lives going topsy-turvy when one of them begins to questions her future after an encounter with a handsome stranger. The New York Daily News writes, “Adam Bock’s scalpel-sharp insight has made him a potent force on today’s theater scene.”

Bock also won the 2007 Outer Critics’ Award for his play The Receptionist. Among his other produced plays are The Typographer’s Dream, Medea Eats and A Small Fire.

The Drunken City plays November 29, 30 and December 1, 6, 7, 8 at 8 pm and December 2 at 2 pm in Studio 102 of the Main Campus Center. More Information.

Opening a week later at the 9th Avenue Studios is Summer Brave. Produced only after its author’s death, Summer Brave was a draft of William Inge’s much more famous Picnic that he felt deserved a life of its own. “Summer Brave might not have enjoyed any success on Broadway whatever,” writes Inge, “Nor won any of the prizes that were bestowed upon Picnic. But I feel that it is more humorously true than Picnic, and it does fulfill my original intentions.” On a sultry Labor Day weekend, a mysterious drifter’s animal vitality stirs up emotions in the women of a small Kansas town. Few writers have captured the complex relationships between women as well as Inge.

Inge is also the author of Tony Award-winning Come Back, Little Sheba. Among his other plays are a number of well-known works, such as Bus Stop and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. He won an Academy Award for his original screenplay, Spleandor in the Grass.

Summer Brave opens under the direction of Sheila Daniels, playing Thursday, December 6 through Monday, December 10. All performances at 8pm at the 9th Avenue Studios, 427 9th Avenue North in South Lake Union.  More Information.


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