On The Verge At Bath House Cultural Arts Center
Wingspan Theatre Company is celebrating their twenty-first season with a production of “On the Verge or The Geography of Yearning.” In cooperation with The Bath House Cultural Arts Center, this presentation of imaginative and inventive playwright Eric Overmyer’s play promises a “mirthful journey through spaces, time, history, geography, feminism and fashion,” according to press materials.
Three Victorian lady travelers – Mary, Fanny, and Alexandra – take it upon themselves to explore “the mystery of things.” They set out for “Terra Incognita” and soon discover the future. These intrepid trekkers pass through a jungle bejeweled with artifacts of the yet to come, hack through history’s underbrush, sojourn with cannibals, bridge-guarding trolls, gas station attendants and night club crooners. Along the way, they explore language, imagination and, most of all, the human desire to wander unmapped places both inside and outside ourselves.
What is it that calls us on to discover the new and strange and incorporate it into what we are by making it part of what we do and know? Each of us live every moment of every day “on the verge.” The reason we find for continuing the journey is rife with the geography of our own yearnings.
“On the Verge” has not been professionally produced in D/FW for 30 years. It was done back in the 1980s at Stage 1 (no longer in existence) and Stage West. WingSpan is doing a 30 year professional revival, proving that history does repeat itself and this play resonates anew.
“On the Verge” will be directed by Wingspan Theatre Company’s Producing Artistic Director, Susan Sargeant. The cast features Marisa Diotalevi (Mary), Jennifer Kuenzer (Fanny), Barrett Nash
(Alexandra), and Jeff Burleson. The production will be designed by Nick Brethauer-Scenic Design; Brooks Powers-Lighting Design; Barbara C. Cox-Costume Design; and Lowell Sargeant-Sound Design.
“On the Verge” previews October 4, opens October 5, and runs through October 20. Performances will be at the Bath House Cultural Arts Center, 521 East Lawther Drive in Dallas, at 8 p.m. Thursday – Saturday evenings with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. (October 6, 13, and 20).
Post show talk backs will take place October 12 and 19. Ticket prices are $20 on Thursday and Friday nights and Saturday matinees. Saturday night performances are $25. Pay What You Can performances are Oct. 4, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18. Discounts are available for seniors, students, KERA Members, S.T.A.G.E. Members, and confirmed groups of ten or more. Student Rush tickets are available a half hour prior to curtain.
For more information or reservations, call (214) 675-6573/Box Office or visit wingspantheatre.com.