PlayGroup is PCS’s writers’ unit, which meets every other week to read new member writing, commiserate, talk about theater issues, and generally be of support to one another. Our latest provocation is an outrageous group show, devised just in time for Halloween, entitled Frenching the Bones. The title refers to an actual culinary term about scraping meat off ribs. Yikes!
We are indebted to member Sam Gregory for the ooky concept, centered around a nine-course dinner. Each playwright drew a course name out of a hat, and was therewith charged with writing a short playlet that somehow combined the substance of that course with ... horror. We start with an insouciant amuse-bouche, and gnaw and gnash our way to the heady “wine & spirits” course at the end.
The spirit of the Grand Guignol lives on!
Sam’s brainchild is free of charge, and all are welcome. Here are the details:
WHO: Portland Center Stage PlayGroup
WHAT: Frenching the Bones
WHEN: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 -- 8 PM
WHERE: CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh, Portland OR
HOW MUCH: Free!
Frenching the Bones: A Night of New One Acts on Horror & Food
On October 30, PlayGroup presents a reading of nine brief one-acts exploring the twisting connections between horror and food.
Comic and Grotesque, Touching and Horrifying, Tasty and Tasteless, the nine courses on this menu run the gamut of sensations.
Four talented actors take all 28 roles.
The evening will be directed by Matthew B. Zrebski, with stage directions voiced by Virginia Belt.
The playwrights include William S. Gregory, Hunt Holman, Althea Hukari, Shelly Lipkin, Ellen Margolis, Steve Patterson, Patrick Wohlmut, Nick Zagone and Matthew B. Zrebski.
The cast includes Sharon Mann, Chris Murray, Gary Norman and Cecily Overman.
The show starts at 8 PM, and runs under two hours.
We are indebted to OREGON CULTURAL TRUST for supporting the work of PlayGroup, and to COHO PRODUCTIONS for providing us with a place to perform as a way of encouraging original playwriting.
See you at CoHo!