Theatre junkies take note: 7 Plays in 7 Days is coming to Studio Theatre inside the Addison Theatre Centre in Addison Feb. 19-25! It’s exactly what it sounds like – there will be seven different plays over the course of one week for your entertainment. The shows, put on by Mark-Brian Sonna Productions, are staged readings of new works presented for the first time to the public.
Starting off the week is Stainless by Mark-Brian Sonna and directed by Mike Hathaway, which will be presented at 8 p.m. on Feb. 19 and again at 6 p.m. on Feb. 24. This show is about a middle-aged father who has achieved success in his personal and professional life, yet believes his life to be boring and begins pulling away.
Next is Children of the Night by Joel Frapart and George Morris, and directed by Frapart, which will be presented at 8 p.m. on Feb. 20 and again at 2 p.m. on Feb. 24. This chilling play is about how a vampire father attempts to raise his three daughters – one who is “waifish,” one who is “oversexed,” and one who “creates chaotic carnage wherever she goes.”
David Kicks the Dog is by Collin Miller and directed by Sonna, which will be presented at 8 p.m. on Feb. 21 and again at noon on Feb. 24. This show is about a painter in his twenties, who has schizophrenia. He is visited by his old friend Vanessa, who had committed suicide, and often meets with a friend who is dating a doctor that specializes in schizophrenia. The audience is left to wonder whom, if any, of these people are actually real.
James McLindon wrote When Herod Came to Georgia, which will be directed by LeeAnn Ducker and will be presented at 8 p.m. on Feb. 22 and again at 6 p.m. on Feb. 25. This based-on-true story is about Evaline, an enslaved woman whose daughter has been taken hostage by her owners to makes sure that she does not reveal to Sherman’s Army the gold hidden on the property. Later, a rebel deserter and an escaped Union officer take refuge in Evaline’s home, although she doesn’t realize that they are trying to find the treasure.
The fifth play is The King of Cage Street by Michael Oatman and directed by Sonna, which will be presented at 8 p.m. on Feb. 23 and again at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 25. This show is about an ex-con named D-Bear, who now owns a landscaping company in Cleveland; Sully, an alcoholic ex-con, who works for D-Bear’ and a transgender prostitute that lives in a nearby apartment. When an old enemy comes to hunt D-Bear, he has to rely on his newfound family to get him through it.
Wait. Aren’t They Dead is by Joe Major and directed by LisaAnne Haram, which will be presented at 8 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 1 p.m. on Feb. 25. This parody is about Oscar winners Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, who return to the big screen in a horror film from 1967 that was initially buried by the studio after a jealous Kate Hepburn sabotaged the release. Now fans can see this lost gem for the first time!
Finally, The Chicken Coop Stratagem by Mike Schraeder and directed by Charles Ballinger will be officially presented at 8 p.m. on Feb. 25 with an early showing at 4 p.m. on Feb. 24. This play is about Margie, a middle-aged woman who is trapped in a small town with an abusive husband, a “born-again” lover who left her, and the bar she owns being picketed every night by the congregation of a local church. This comedic drama is about a woman who wants to redefine her life and find freedom, with the risk of comprising her moral integrity at the same time.
Tickets are available online for $14 per show, or $45 for all seven shows. We hope to see you at one – or all – of these intriguing performances!