Playwright/actor Crash Buist isn't afraid of a little silliness. His play Evil in Justiceberg, making its world premiere here during a Big Head Productions run, is definitely what we would call theater of the absurd. The plot follows Captain Justice, a do-gooding superhero, and Justice Lad, his sidekick. The two are fighting their nemeses, the dastardly duo Evil Von Evilstein and Sinister Boy, in an effort to rescue the lovely Lady Legality.
Buist wrote Justiceberg to give both actors and audiences a chance to delve into a preposterous world for a little while. ''I thought it would be fun to develop a group of ridiculous, campy characters and send them on an entertaining adventure. As an actor/playwright, I was interested in writing something that would be an opportunity for actors to play characters in intensely ridiculous circumstances that are out of the bounds of realism and extend well past the fourth wall,'' Buist tells us. ''Moreover, I wanted to write something fun.''
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Leighza Walker directs the six-person cast, which includes Tom Stell as Captain Justice, Jon Harvey as Evil Von Evilstein and Autumn Woods as Lady Legality. Buist is busy with school (he’s in the MFA program at the University of Houston) and his own upcoming performances, so he hasn't had much time to work with Walker and the cast, but he isn’t worried. ''Leighza is a talented director and a gifted playwright, and I don't doubt her ability to take whatever silly dialogue I wrote out and make it soar.''
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