Following a sell-out, award-nominated run at the White Bear Theatre, Keith Stevenson’s comedy Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd. transfers to Trafalgar Studios this May.
Things could not get any worse for Mitchell, who just lost his girlfriend, his apartment, and his job. With nowhere to go, he answers an ad for a roommate and finds himself in a West Virginia countryside motel with JD, an affable hillbilly of mysterious origins. Soon JD’s neighbours – curmudgeonly Flip, meth-head Marlene, and her hot-headed boyfriend Tommy – have all but taken over the tiny room. When the zany group find themselves in a hostage situation, Mitchell must decide to save himself or join this dysfunctional family and let his freak-flag fly.
Writer and actor Keith Stevenson comments: “It warms my heart that this little story set in Appalachia has received a universal response from people of all colours and creeds in places like London and Los Angeles. They come to the theatre and a little over an hour later they walk out feeling better than they did coming in. They’re buoyed by a fortified hope that goodness and kindness still have a shot.”
Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd became a cult hit amongst fans following its six month highly acclaimed run at the Pacific Resident Theatre in Los Angeles in 2012 – audience members returned again and again to watch the show. Fried Meat re-opened later that year with the festive sequel A Fried Meat Christmas. Then, in the summer of 2014, Stevenson thrilled audiences yet again with the third part in the series, The Unfryable Meatness of Being. The three plays were revived in December 2014 and December 2015 as The Fried Meat Trilogy. Stevenson who originated the role of JD in Los Angeles, hails from Keyser in West Virginia – the hometown of the actual Fried Meat Ridge Road.
Sometimes, a play just works on every level. Writing, directing, acting, costumes, lighting and sound all working in perfect harmony to present the audience with something they will remember for all the right reasons… A thoroughly brilliant show (London Theatre1).
Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd is the first ever show to transform Trafalgar Studios 2 into an end-on space.
Writer Keith Stevenson
Director Harry Burton
Production Designer Simon Scullion
Lighting Designer Jai Morjaria
Stage Manager Alistair Warr
Assistant Director Anna Andresen
J.D. Keith Stevenson
Mitch Robert Moloney
Tommy Alex Ferns
Flip Michael Wade
Marlene Melanie Gray
Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd
Performance Dates Tuesday 2nd May – Saturday 3rd June 2017
Monday – Saturday 7.45pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees 3pm
Running time 70 minutes
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