The Actor’s Nightmare, by Christopher Durang at Tisch Mills Fringe Fest
One event on May 26, 2023 at 9:30 pm
One event on May 28, 2023 at 4:00 pm
Tickets $20 Per Night Unlimited Pass: $50 (1 Ticket for any/all nights)
A non-juried one act festival. Producers submit an application to participate and six producers are drawn by random drawing. One hour slots (10 minute setup, 40 minute performance, 10 minute strike).
Performing May 20 @ 6:00, May 26 @ 9:30, May 28 @ 4:00
Directed by Michael Sheeks
Having casually wandered onstage, George is informed that one of the actors, Eddie, has been in an auto accident and he must replace him immediately. Apparently no one is sure of what play is being performed but George (costumed as Hamlet) seems to find himself in the middle of a scene from Private Lives, surrounded by such luminaries as Sarah Siddons, Dame Ellen Terry and Henry Irving. As he fumbles through one missed cue after another the other actors shift to Hamlet, then a play by Samuel Beckett, and then a climactic scene from what might well be A Man for All Seasons—by which time the disconcerted George has lost all sense of contact with his fellow performers. Yet, in the closing moments of the play, he rises to the occasion and finally says the right lines, whereupon make-believe suddenly gives way to reality as the executioner’s axe (meant for Sir Thomas Moore) instead sends poor George to oblivion—denying him a well-earned curtain call.
Producer Bio: Michael enjoyed a coastal childhood in southern New Jersey, adulting and parenting in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, and has been in NE Wisconsin for this most recent part of his journey since 2016. He is currently the Artistic Director of The Forst Inn Arts Collective and a lecturer for the UWGB system. Michael holds a BA in English (what are you gonna do with it!?!), an MA in English Education, and an MFA in Directing. Past adventures include COO of Funsteps, Inc, Artistic Director of Eat Street Players, thirteen years in K-12 education, Chapter Director of the MN Thespians, and other random stuff. He misses spending more time with his two adult children, who are living busy lives in Minnesota.
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