Recently voted Best Theater Company by Creative Loafing, Theatrical Outfit is ready to bring another stellar play to the Atlanta community! Their upcoming production, Two Drink Minimum, follows a boy and his mother through life changing events and 4 various time periods: the Great Depression, World War II, before her son got married and after her son got married. Spiked with comedic elements and great writing, this story is something many families can relate to and understand.
Two Drink Minimum is a world-premiere comedy from William Balzer and directed by Scott Warren. The play has a solid cast, starring William S. Murphy, Susan Shalhoub Larkin and Matthew Myers. In a recent interview, Director Scott Warren describes the unique story-telling structure,
“Two Drink Minimum is heavily steeped in memory, and we’ll be exploring several storytelling options to convey the different ways we comprehend memories. We’ll be using re-purposed dolls and objects as “triggers” for each anecdote. These objects are intended to show us how we can sometimes piece together a lifetime from all that “stuff” that accumulates around us everyday.
Shadow and light play provide a great way to define those memories that are just on the edge of our perception. Whether it’s a looming presence that we know was there but just never seemed vivid, or the fuzzy, daydream like quality that some memories seem to take on, shadows and silhouette work help us visualize these ethereal moments.”
An autobiographical script, the title refers to the number of drinks playwright Bill Balzer found necessary to make his weekly phone call home. Bill describes his mother, Mary B., as having “a PhD in Polish-Catholic guilt.” Be it your mother, father, grandparent, boss or distant relative, everyone can relate to this story of an imposing figure and how we become all the wiser and more courageous for our time with them. And in the end, we have plenty of stories to tell..
Catch Two Drink Minimum on stage at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s, October 24th- November 18th! Performances are Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
For more information on Theatrical Outfit or Two Drink Minimum, please visit www.theatricaloutfit.org