Thursday, January 15, 2009
The Jolly Good Fellows by Steve Feffer and Tucker Rafferty, Reading Saturday, January 17th, 7 PM
The Whole Art Theatre New Play Series will present a reading of the The Jolly Good Fellows by Steve Feffer and Tucker Rafferty at the Whole Art's Epic Theatre Center space (359 South Kalamazoo Mall) at 7 PM on Saturday, January 17th. The reading is free and will be followed by a talk-back with the playwrights and a reception.
The Jolly Good Fellows is a two character fifty minute play set in the 1890s that tells the story of David Green and Michael Harrigan, two actors that make their living performing a stereotypical “Jew” and “Irishman” in the grotesque ethnic performances that were popular in the concert saloons and variety theatres of the day. This darkly comedic tale, based loosely on two actors from the time and their "Jolly Good Fellow" sketches, explores how these two very different American immigrants enter into a contract of convenience to keep up with the changing times, and then later, the cost that such performances inflicts upon them personally and socially. The play also includes songs and sketches from the period. The Jolly Good Fellows has been entered into the Jewish Fringe Festival to be held in New York City in Spring 2009.
For information or reservations please contact the Whole Art Theatre at 269-345-7529 or www.wholeart.org.