Bawdy in the Bridal Party, Theater Red, Bachelorette
Her white dress, haute fashioned hand-spun dupioni and chiffon, tailored, waits in a garment bag hidden in her closet ready to hug her waist firmly, tighter than her groom ever could. White leather heels poised to lift her feet from the floor, lay together in box getting a good nights rest. On her vanity table, a veil that will cover the crown of her head sits lonely in the darkness, out of sight out of mind.
She’s spent almost three decades pretending like she could run from this day, and spent the past ten months preparing for it. Now that day hides just below the morning horizon, dancing in the dark with her long-time jet-setting girl friends, hard to kick habits, and bad romances. Her past has one more night to live: a bachelorette.
For their second show of their 2015-16 season, Theater Red teams up with Mark Boergers to bring Leslye Headland’s off-Broadway hit Bachelorette to Milwaukee for the first time. If the title sounds familiar, a movie based on the script and bearing the play’s title flickered on the big screen and missed so bad Headland fell into a regret soaked depression. Boergers‘ brings it back to its rightful stage format and the Alchemist Theatre will do the honors.
Bachelorette will give theater goers a chance to crash Becky’s (Kelly Doherty) big party as VIPs if they like, bagging drink specials and party favors and mixing in the pre-show soiree with her girlfriends Regan (Tess Cinipinski), Gena (Liz Faraglia) and Katie (Shannon Nettershiem). Think of all those embarrassing things you wanted to do at your friend’s bachelorette party. At this show you can real-life-make-believe, putting your fear of faux pas on hold.
The Alchemist Theatre willtransform into a posh New York nightclub for this production, a challenging departure from its most natural blemished skin as a 1970’s NYC rock club or desert stranded rv trailer. This isn’t your fairy tale high school sweetheart story, there are guys of questionable character on this scene too. Joe (Evan Koepnick) and Jeff (Nick Narcisi) will play or be played for these ladies’ amusement.
Prepare yourself to blush, gasp, cringe and want to just “can’t”. While plenty of drama will keep your mind stirring, Bachelorette will also challenge us to think about modern society and the clash of traditional expectations of life milestones of love and marriage and the primal calls of youth, hedonism and American-style petty ambition.
Lead by Marcee Doherty-Elst and Christopher Elst, Theater Red continues to bring women to the forefront of playbills, premiering national and original content in Milwaukee. With Bachelorette we are sure to see a talented cast of actors, pleasantly recognizable to the indie scene, redeem another talented playwright’s pen. Bachelorette will open March 3 and run Thursday, Friday, Saturday through March 19th at 8:00p, with a pay what you can performance on Monday, March 14 also at 8:00p.