Two Things You Don't Talk About At Dinner
By Lisa Loomer
Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg
Originally produced at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, CO.
January 20, 2012 through February 19, 2012
About the Premiere Production: Myriam’s annual Passover Seder, a multicultural mix of family and friends, threatens to explode as politics and religion hijack the conversation, severely testing the ties that bind. Is peace possible — even at the dinner table? Supported by Producing Partners Jim Steinberg and John & Jeannie Fuller. Two Things You Don’t Talk About at Dinner is recommended for ages 15 and up. Children under the age of 6 are not allowed into the theatre.
Artistic Statement: One of the leading playwrights in the U.S., Loomer has created a funny, bracing look at a Seder dinner gone terribly wrong. A brilliant satirist, Loomer gathers together an eclectic group of characters that represent a wide range of archetypes from contemporary American life—a bulimic teenager, a Evangelical Christian mother of a teenage boy pursuing Buddhism, an Arab-American professor, a Zionist lawyer, an adopted Chinese girl, an African-American/Jewish theatre director, and more. The conversation turns wildly funny then sobering as the characters address increasingly volatile topics of religion and politics over the course of the evening. A deeply funny yet at times painful play, Two Things You Don’t Talk About At Dinner should appeal to broad audiences and shed some light on how difficult it is to talk about hot button issues in today’s world, even, or perhaps especially, amongst family and friends.
- Kent Thompson, Artistic Director
Grant Statement: Funds from the Edgerton Foundation would be used to extend rehearsal by one full week (beginning on December 13, 2011). This would allow us to bring in the playwright, director and the design team for the extra week, increasing total rehearsal time to 5½ weeks. In addition, Two Things has a large cast (7 women, 5 men, 1 child), and the added rehearsal time will be especially useful in helping Loomer continue to work on edits and revisions to the play.
Director: Wendy C. Goldberg