Bash Latterday Plays: Iphigenia in Orem, A Gaggle of Saints, Medea Redux
More Mormon-stormin’ in the West End as Jonathan Boyle, directs this visceral trilogy of characteristically dark one act plays that split Neil LaBute from the Mormon Church, and now with a West End Transfer to Trafalgar Studios (Studio 2) 13th May to 7th June 2014.
Neil LaBute received religious discipline (or “disfellowshipment”) from The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon Church, when this deliciously dark and depraved trilogy premiered at the Douglas Fairbanks Theater, New York in 1999, starring Calista Flockhart, Ron Eldard, and Paul Rudd. Shortly after, he left the church altogether. The trilogy, exposing hideous crimes of fresh faced church going people, conflating the face of evil with the peaches and cream of middle America, arrives at Trafalgar Studios 2. The play originally premiered at Almeida in 2000 with an American cast and director. The transfer arrives after a highly successful, critically acclaimed run at The Old Red Lion Theatre in March and follows another recent Old Red Lion alumni to the venue, The Play That Goes Wrong, which now plans a forthcoming run at the Duchess theatre.
The three plays painting a vivid and compelling picture of the evils found in everyday life are: Iphigenia In Orem, a businessman from Utah divulges a chilling crime to a stranger in a Las Vegas hotel room. A Gaggle Of Saints a young Mormon couple describe their version of events of a night in New York and Medea Redux a woman recounts her intimate relationship with her junior high-school teacher.
Director Jonathan O’Boyle, an assistant on the Young Vic’s The Scottsboro Boys and one of the Guardian’s ‘Rising Stars of 2014’ (Stage) said: “Bash is an extraordinary play. I’ve been a fan of Neil LaBute for many years and this trilogy of one act plays has always excited me. The characters in the three stories are at major turning points in their lives which we can all relate to. They are on the edge of reason and they take the audience on a huge journey, which I love. These plays are rooted in the art of storytelling, which as a Director, is what I am most attracted to and I think the West End thrives off of good story telling.”
Thirty One Productions was founded in 2013 and Bash Latterday Plays is their first production. The company are committed to finding and nurturing new and emerging talent within the industry both on and off the stage.
Iphegenia in Orem: Young man – Philip Scott-Wallace
A Gaggle of Saints: Sue – Dani Harrison, John – Tom Vallen
Medea Redux: Woman – Rebecca Hickey
Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, Design Sarah McCann, Lighting Tim Deilings
Sound Andrew Whyment Produced by Thirty One Productions
Running Time: 1 hour 40 mins
Friday 25th April 2014