created and performed by Theater Reconstruction Ensemble
written by Jaclyn Backhaus
conceived and directed by John Kurzynowski
Performers: Harlan Alford, Jaclyn Backhaus, Michael Barringer, Andrew Butler, Nick Fesette, Nick Lehane, Emily Marro, Sydney Matthews, Anastasia Olowin, Patrick Scheid, Tina Shepard, Lauren Swan-Potras
Producing Director: Reed Whitney
Scenic and Lighting Design: Jonathan Cottle | Sound Design: Kate Marvin | Stage Manager: Nick Smerkanich | Asst. Stage Manager: Marlena Holman | Production Intern: Sam Corbin | Press Rep: Off Off PR / Paul Siebold
In this world premiere nod to the heyday of the American drama, the Lorimer family has gathered to welcome home their former golden boy after tragedy has forced him to retreat to the living room of his youth. A revolving door of newly explored stock characters reveal their inner demons while struggling to achieve the American dream - life, liberty and the pursuit of authenticity.
Theater Reconstruction Ensemble's epic dissection of the American REAL attempts to rebuild the most iconic and praised theatrical style of the past century while simultaneously questioning its core components. Can we ever truly create something REAL onstage? Or is it only in the struggle to do so that we stumble across that ever-elusive TRUTH?
photos by Hunter Canning / video by Michael Barringer