Orfeo Group is thrilled to be back on the boards this summer at a new (and, ahem, air- conditioned!) venue. Despite the change of locale, one thing remains the same: the Group's commitment to high quality theatre at low-or-no cost to audiences. Tickets for Friday-Sunday performances are $20. Thanks to the generosity of local donors, Thursday nights mark the return of the "OR-FREE-O" show and tickets are completely free of charge. Free tickets will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. Those who wish to secure Thursday tickets ahead of time can purchase online for $10.
Beane is alone, an exile from life. His sister Joan and brother-in-law Harry try to reach him but keep coming up short. Following a burglary at Beane's apartment, Joan is baffled to find her brother blissfully happy and tries to unravel the mystery behind his new love, Molly. An ode to the possibilities of love, John Kolvenbach's comedy celebrates the (re)emergence of love in (un)likely places and (un)expected ways.
Orfeo Group Artistic Director Risher Reddick directs Love Song, which features a quartet of Orfeo Group founders and favorites: Daniel Berger-Jones (Harry), Liz Hayes (Joan), Gabriel Kuttner (Beane) and Georgia Lyman (Molly). All four actors are members of Actors' Equity Association and Love Song marks Orfeo Group's first full AEA production. Orfeo Group is the recipient of two Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Fringe Production: Look Back in Anger (2009 -- starring Berger-Jones, Hayes, Lyman & Reddick and directed by Kuttner) and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (WOWSA) (2010 -- starring Berger-Jones, Kuttner & Reddick and produced by Lyman and founding company member Caleb Jon Magoon).
Playwright John Kolvenbach is the author of on an average day, Gizmo Love, The Gravity of Means and Fabuloso. His plays have received productions at the Comedy Theatre in London's West End, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, MCC Theater in New York, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater and Merrimack Repertory Theatre.
The design team includes previous Orfeo Group collaborators Cristina Todesco (scenic), Katherine O'Neill (costumes) and Peter Bayne (sound) with Orfeo newcomer Jennifer Rock (lighting). Ryan Anderson is the Production Stage Manager and Victoria S. Coady is Producer.
Orfeo Group is also proud to announce extension programming surrounding their production of Love Song, as they did with the Community Bard-B-Q and nightly Preludes by local companies and artists during the 2010 production of WOWSA. In addition to a cash bar available before and after every performance, Friday night is "Date Night" with love-themed treats, and Saturday night is "Saturday Surprise" with special goodies for the audience. Sunday matinees will feature a post-show picnic, and featured performances will be followed by "Upstairs at the Firehouse," showcases of work by other companies and friends of Orfeo Group. Hopelandic Theatre Company brings their new dance theatre piece Into the Fog to the upstairs space on August 18, 19 & 21 at 10 p.m. Please note, the "Upstairs at the Firehouse" performances are not handicap accessible.
Love Song will play for four weeks, August 4 through August 27, at the Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown, MA. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. An Industry Night Performance will take place on Monday, August 22 at 8 p.m. The theatre is accessible via the MBTA Orange Line and parking is available along Medford Street, Main Street and Bunker Hill Street. http://www.charlestownworkingtheater.org/directions.cfm
Ticket prices are $20. For tickets or more information, please visit www.orfeogroup.org or call OvationTix at 866-811-4111.