The Wild Party (Lippa) - August 25 - August 27, 2017


 End Notes 

Director's note

Many years ago, I was introduced to the original cast recording of “The Wild Party”. I listened to it incessantly, on constant repeat in the car, until my children begged me to stop. I needed to know more and started to look into it but, alas, it was no longer Off-Broadway and wasn't being performed anywhere near here. Fast forward a few years and a local group was going to stage it but it was in the middle of the summer and I was working at a summer camp two and a half hours away and couldn't get home for a performance. Over the years, I have suggested the show to many of the groups I've worked with and FINALLY got the chance to have this piece produced. 

Based on the 1926 epic poem by Joseph Moncure March, the story centers on lovers, Queenie and Burrs in late 1920s New York City. Their once mutually satisfactory relationship has soured and the gloss has started to tarnish. After a particularly violent episode Queenie decides that she is going to punish Burrs and show him that she is still desirable. Her plan is to throw a party and invite all of their eclectic friends. 

As parties often do, this one ends up being a little more than she had bargained for. Kate arrives at the party with newcomer, Black, who catches Queenie's eye. With the drink flowing and the drugs passing, inhibitions are lowered. Jealousy rears its head as the evening wears on. There is a scuffle and...

I'd like to thank The Actorsingers for giving us the opportunity to perform this work. The music is wonderful and challenging. Thanks also to my wonderful team. Sometimes the stars align and you find yourself surrounded by the perfect people for a project. That is what happened here. I'm so honored to have had this opportunity to work with all of you. As I've said repeatedly throughout this process, “You guys make me look GOOD”. 

To the audience: Thank you for coming to see this show and supporting community theatre. We do this because we love it and hope that you do, too. 


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