“Tracy Letts’ Bug Explores Depth of Human Weakness”
Katharine Swan ~ Splash Magazines
July 28, 2015
WILTON MANORS, FL: Evening Star Productions, in partnership with Infinite Abyss will present Tracy Letts’ Bug at the Abyss Stage from August 12th through August 29th.
Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, Bug centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorced waitress with a tragic history, and a fondness for cocaine and isolation, and Peter, a soft-spoken Gulf War veteran and drifter introduced to her by her lesbian friend, R.C. Complicating matters are Agnes’ abusive ex-husband Jerry, who has just been released from prison, and a hidden infestation of bugs. The fears, paranoia, conspiracy theories, and twisted psychological motives at play in this searing drama make for a powerful piece of theatre.
Evening Star Productions Artistic Director Rosalie Grant will helm the production: “I’ve been itching (pardon the pun!) to direct Bug since seeing the 2006 movie,” she says. “Tracy Letts’ writing is as staccato as gun fire; as you experience the effects of dysfunction and violence, and the descent into insanity, you feel riddled by the bullets of their addictions and human weaknesses. Letts wants us to squirm … and Evening Star and Infinite’s partnership will leave audience members squirming long after the lights come up.”
“We have cast a handful of South Florida familiar faces,” Grant continues “Jim Gibbons as Dr. Sweet, Todd Bruno as Peter Evans, Erynn Dalton as Agnes, and Rachel Finley as R.C., along with Abyss favorite Dominick Daniel as Goss. Jim, Todd, Erynn and I are original Solsters (Grant is also the founder and Artistic Director of Sol Children Theatre in Boca Raton) having met and performed together at the old Sol Theatre Project. To partner with Infinite and dear old theatre friends while staging this crazy piece of theatre is going to be an unforgettable experience.”
Erynn Dalton, who will star in the production, is also Infinite Abyss’ Producing Director:
“I’ve been a fan of horror as long as I can remember- I read “Jaws” when I was 6 years old, and saw “Friday the 13th” when I was 7 (after incessantly begging my mom to take me to the drive-in to see it),” she explains. “I began Infinite Abyss Productions in 2010, and found that I was consistently being drawn to shows with dark themes. When I opened The Abyss Theatre last December, I decided that I wanted to specialize in horror-themed shows (we’re now kind of like the modern Grand Guignol) and have done original, immersive horror shows like The Krampus, 50 Shades of Poe, and most recently Exorcism.
“I was incredibly excited when Rosalie Grant approached me about co-producing “Bug” with her,” she continues. “It’s one of my favorite plays (the author, Tracy Letts, is amazing), and Agnes (the lead female character) is literally my dream role. This show is dark, disturbing and bizarre, so it really fits right in with the Infinite Abyss brand. I’ve known and worked with several of my cast mates for almost a decade (Jim Gibbons, Todd Bruno & Dominick Daniel), so it’s really a reunion of sorts, and these guys are all powerhouses. We’re all bringing our A game for this one!”
Bug will run from August 12 – August 29 (there will be a preview performance on August 12 at 8 pm) at The Abyss Stage in Wilton Manors. Tickets are $25 or $10 for students. Group rates are also available. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased at on line office at 561-447-8829 or on line at www.eveningstarproductions.org.
Bug is rated R due to mature themes and nudity; those under the age of 17 will not be permitted entrance without adult accompaniment.
By Tracy Letts
August 12 (preview performance August 12) August 29, 2015
Tickets: $25 ($10 for students)
For tickets: 561-447-8829 / www.eveningstarproductions.org
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8 pm
All performances at
The Abyss Stage
2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL 33305
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