By Brian Parks
Directed by Margarett Perry
With Matthew Boston, Brian Dykstra, Patrick Frederic, Vince Gatton, Lori Prince, and Alex Sunderhaus
An ordinary guy skips work to play golf when he's struck by lightning—thrusting him into a world of hard-nosed detectives, talking golf clubs, and the Wife of Bath. A fast-paced, comic fantasia by two-time Fringe First winner Brian Parks.
Part of 59E59 Theaters' East to Edinburgh 2022
Margarett Perry (director) is an award-winning director of new plays. 59E59 credits include the world premieres of Education, Clean Alternatives, and A Play on Words all by Brian Dykstra, The Body Politic by Richard Abrons & Margarett Perry, and No Parole by Carol D’Amore. Margarett is a frequent collaborator with Parks having directed the world premiere of The House at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, as well as productions at the Human Race Theatre in Dayton and the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Assembly Rooms). Her other Fringe credits include the Fringe First award-winning production of Brian Dykstra’s Clean Alternatives (Assembly Rooms), No Parole (Audience Favorite Nominee) and Confessions of Old Lady #2. She has directed and developed new work Off Broadway and in regional theatres across the US. Recent favorites include the critically acclaimed world premieres of Born in East Berlin by Rogelio Martinez and Seared by Theresa Rebeck both at San Francisco Playhouse, Brian Dykstra’s Use to Was(Maybe Did) with Center Theatre Group, A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Hudson Stage) and Shrek the Musical at Connecticut Rep. Margarett was the Resident Director at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca where she has directed over 25 productions—including this season’s The Thanksgiving Play. During the shutdown, she ventured into the short film and music video world for passion projects such as #Hashtag That-Say Their Name (from the musical Crazy Make Crazy), This Doesn’t Work written & performed by Darian Dauchan and Brian Dykstra and Time Passes for the Resident Acting Company. She also began exploring watercolor and her work was licensed by the New York Historical Society and was a finalist in 2020 Brush & Lyre Prize. www.margarettperry.com
Brian Parks is an American playwright whose work has been produced in New York City and several other cities in the US. The plays have also been staged in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. His play Americana Absurdum helped launch the New York International Fringe Festival, where it also won the Best Writing Award. Americana Absurdum went on to win a Fringe First award at the 2000 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and became one of the first plays staged at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory theater. THE GOLFER premiered at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn, produced by Gemini CollisionWorks; that production won five New York Innovative Theatre Awards. His other produced plays include The House, Enterprise, The Professor, Goner, The Invitation, Imperial Fizz, American Poodle (Splayfoot), Suspicious Package, and Out of the Way. Enterprise won a Fringe First Award at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is published by Broadway Play Publishing, New York City. Imperial Fizz and The House are published by Josef Weinberger, Ltd., London. The Invitation is published in the collection Plays and Playwrights 2010, by the New York Theater Experience, Inc. A Detroit-area native, he’s been a longtime resident of Brooklyn.
“A gleefully out-there dark comedy” ★★★★–TimeOut New York
“No American writer is more thoughtful – in an explosive and comic way” ★★★★ –Scotsman