By Gino DiIorio
Directed by Leah S. Abrams
With Brendan Averett and Dave Sikula
It's a totally true story: 12-year old Andre the Giant, already over 6 feet tall and 240 pounds, didn't fit on the school bus. Andre's neighbor, as repayment of a favor, offered to drive Andre to school in his truck. The neighbor was Samuel Beckett. Sam & Dede, or My Dinner with Andre the Giant, imagines a series of scenes between a giant - a man who cannot hide, and a writer obsessed with silence. Dilorio fashions a world as absurd as a Beckett play itself.
The Custom Made Theatre Co. is committed to producing plays that awaken their social conscience, focusing on the strength of the ensemble and creating an intimate theatrical experience. Custom Made is a member of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), National New Play Network (Associate member, NNPN) and Theatre Bay Area (TBA). Recipient of the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Paine Knickerbocker Award for making a lasting contribution to Bay Area theater. Their eclectic line-up of shows (and some might say artists) highlights the diversity of their community. While their productions have always had strong political and social commentary, they also love low-humor, high-humor, emotional drama, and realistic looks at life and art.
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"An affectionate tribute to a stage goliath and a grappler built like a butte" - The New York Times
"An adoring memento to the two giants—one literal, the other literary" - Theater Is Easy
"An entertaining and thoughtful absurdist bromance" - This Week in NY
"Cleverly written, wonderfully acted, and staged with creative simplicity, Sam & Dede, or My Dinner with Andre the Giant is an enchanting fantasia." - Theater Scene
"Both Sikula and Averett provide engaging, often funny, performances that allow us to accept them as two charmingly lost souls, men dominated by their exceptionalism and consequent inability to fit in." - Theater Pizzazz