LOCAL has “FAITH” in world premier of new play

November 20 – December 6, Boulder-based LOCAL Theater Company presents the World Premiere of James McLindon’s dark comedy FAITH at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder.

The play examines religious fanaticism via 13-year-old Simon, the son of “an apostate” mother and absent father, desperately seeking an ecstatic vision in the parking lot of his local Walmart. When a Harbinger finally appears to him, his faith transforms, leading him down an unexpected path. Funny and charming, provocative and absorbing, the award-winning James McLindon spurs us to question (and, perhaps, affirm) our own faith. Full of magic, theatrics and- yes- jokes, FAITH was a LOCAL Lab (new play festival) 2014 Selection.

Says director Pesha Rudnick, “When we produced the reading of FAITH during the Lab last year, I was struck by how much of Simon’s identity is shaped by his devotion to God. Some teenagers find their sense of identity through fandom of a band, a sports team, Star Wars. The thin line between fan and fanatic is rather permeable through our teenage years.”

The cast includes transgender actor Em Grosland (emgrosland.com), with whom Rudnick first worked on Eve Ensler’s Berkeley and New York productions of EMOTIONAL CREATURE. Meridith Crosley (meridithgrundei.com) of The Catamounts and Second City plays Theresa, Simon’s mother. LOCAL Associate Artistic Director Mare Trevathan (seen in WITTENBERG at Colorado Shakespeare Festival this past summer) plays the Harbinger. Casting by Sylvia Gregory, with New York casting by Stephanie Klapper.

 

All performances are preceded by Co-Lab, LOCAL’s audience collaboration writing project using SmartPhone and crowdsourcing software.

Previews are Friday, November 20 at 7:30PM, and Saturday, November 21 at 2:00PM and 7:30PM. Preview tickets are $12.

Opening night is Sunday, November 22 at 4:00PM, followed by a reception. Performances will then run Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30PM, Sundays at 4:00PM, with additional 2-for-1 admission performances Saturday, November 28 at 2:00PM and Thursday, December 3 at 7:30PM.

 

Saturday, November 21 2:00PM – preview is followed by a discussion with playwright James McLindon

Sunday, November 22 4:00PM – opening is followed by a reception

Saturday, November 28 2:00PM – show is 2-for-1 admission and is followed by a Holiday Happy Hour

Sunday, November 29 2:00- 3:00PM – Prologue: Staging Faith   FREE   RSVP

Sunday, November 29 4:00PM – show is followed by a discussion with the cast

Thursday, December 3 7:30PM – show is 2-for-1 admission and is followed by a discussion with the cast

 

Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 at the door. Seating is General Admission. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.

 

What is LOCAL?

LOCAL Theater Company is a non-for-profit theater company based in Boulder, CO specializing in original works of exceptional quality.  We engage audiences through innovative performances that spark camaraderie, learning, and contemplation, and provide a resourceful environment for theater artists to take creative risks, and develop their work.