"Doubles, Demons, and Dreamers" : a live art festival of comedy, drag, and solo performance
June 12 - June 21, 2014
Week one: Thurs.-Sat., June 12-14, 8:00 pm: Johnny Blazes and Ugmo and Eenie Go Down the Ruski Hole; with a "sneak peek" free matinee (donations welcome at the door) of Lava Fossil on Sat., June 14 at 2:00 pm.
Week two: Thurs.-Sat., June 19-21, 8:00 pm: Talk To At Me, with prelude performance Lava Fossil. All evening shows: $20 general admission, $10 for students, seniors, groups of 8 & more; $30 festival pass available, unlimited attendance to all shows.
From June 12-21, multimedia theatre company Sleeping Weazel concludes its second season with a four-part live art festival featuring two world premieres in repertory by Kenneth Prestininzi and Adara Meyers. Sleeping Weazel’s critically acclaimed production of Prestininzi’s Birth Breath Bride Elizabeth was presented during ArtsEmerson’s 2013 The Next Thing Festival.
The Doubles, Demons, and Dreamers festival opens on June 12th with Prestininzi’s play, Ugmo and Eenie Go Down the Ruski Hole, which will happily coincide with Pride Week 2014. With performance styles ranging from vaudeville to jazz, Ugmo and Eenie, also directed by Prestininzi, features actors Alston Brown and Leicester Landon engaged simultaneously in the joys of homosexual attraction and the dark underpinnings of war. Prestininzi’s brand of “salvage theatre” has never been funnier and more tragic. Also showcased the first week of the festival is category-defying, gender-bending singer Johnny Blazes, who will serve up a tantalizing blend of astonishment with heartbreak, hilarity with sorrow, and celebration with longing. The first weekend will also provide a "sneak peek" free matinee of Beth Nixon's new solo work entitled Lava Fossil.
The second week of the festival opens on June 20th with Adara Meyers’ comedy of bad manners Talk To At Me, directed by Shana Gozansky and featuring actors James Barton, Kervin Germain, Margarita Martinez, Cesar Munoz, and Veronica Wiseman. Meyers' comedy hones in on a spoiled millennial yuppie suffering from sofa malaise. Over coffee and too-beautiful croissants, conversations with a surprise guest devolve into a hilarious steady stream of non-sequitors, bouncing from the catastrophic to the banal, eventually catapulting them both out of their whiny comfort zone. Beth Nixon’s solo suitcase performance Lava Fossil, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, sets the tone for the evening with magical surprises, an unforgettable balloon ride, and a lesson in how to measure grief with a ruler.