Seasons: 2018-2019 at Relative Theatrics, Laramie

Relative Theatrics, based in Laramie, Wyoming, stages its productions at the Gryphon Theatre inside the Laramie Plains Civic Center.

Relative Theatrics was founded in 2012 to “present thought-provoking theatre that examines the joining qualities of the human race. Taking artistic risk, we provide a community gathering place where thoughts can be exchanged about society, culture,  and the power of creativity.

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Relative Theatric’s productions for its sixth season:

I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard, by Halley Feiffer (Sept 6 – 15, 2018)

Actress and playwright Halley Feiffer is based in NYC. She has written several plays that have received stagings around the US including The Pain of my Belligerence and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City.

I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard made its debut at the Atlantic Theatre Company in Chelsea, NY in 2015. In addition to stagings in the US, it has also been performed in London, England.

It’s the morning after Ella, the daughter of David, a famous playwright, has made her off-Broadway debut. Ella and her father drink and debate whether or not to read the reviews of that debut. “Halley Feiffer’s dark, probing and very funny new play pulls the audience into the middle of a deeply complicated relationship, takeing a ‘tough look at the forces that can bring us to our knees.’” (Time Out NY)

A Number, by Caryl Churchill (Nov 1 – 10, 2018)

British playwright Caryl Churchill began writing dramas and plays for BBC radio in the 1960s, and in the 1970s her work was produced by BBC TV. Her first play produced was in 1972. Owners was a “two-act, 14-scene play about obsession with power.”

A Number was first produced in 2002,with Michael Gambonas the father and Daniel Craig as the three sons. Its theme is “nature vs nurture” as explored through the subject of human cloning – specifically a father who has cloned two of his sons from a naturally born first son, in an attempt to fix the mistakes he made in raising his first son.

The How and the Why, by Sarah Treem (Jan 31 – Feb 9)

Sarah Treem, perhaps best known today as a creator, writer and/or showrunner of such TV shows as The Affair, House of Cards, and In Treatment, wrote The How and the Why in 2011.

Its protagonists are two female scientists, one old and the other young and ambitious. The elder scientist is a champion of the Grandmother hypotheses which attempts to explain why, of all mammals, only human females menstruate. The younger scientist challenges that scientist’s life’s work with a radical theory of her own.

Wanda, Daisy and the Great Rapture  by Alexis Schaetzle (April 4 – 13, 2019)

Playwright Alexis Schaetzle is based in Brooklyn, New York. She is a member of The Pool writing group which meets at the Brick Theatre in Brooklyn. She’s also a member of Exquisite Corpse Company’s Playwriting Labs and the Dramatists Guild.

Wanda, Daisy and the Great Rapture is her fifth play, first produced in 2016.  It takes place in the swamplands of Pawley’s Island, South Carolina with step-sisters Wanda and Daisy coping with the recent death of their mother, and the obsession of Daisy’s ill father, who expects to be raptured at any moment. “A magical story about how we hold onto family, the past and ourselves while we seek better lives, and wait patiently as the Great Rapture hails us – or doesn’t.”

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