, Firecracker Productions is back in the saddle, kicking off its fourth season with the regional premiere of Catherine Trieschmann’s Crooked
. The New York Times
had high praise for the script during the play’s off-Broadway run almost ten years ago. “There are a lot of deep, heavy things that happen in the play,” says Danielle Bunch, making her directorial debut for Firecracker. “The mental illness is not brought in until very late.” Arianna Bermudez (Dollface
) plays the mother, with Anna Maria Morris and Emily Beth Lange as the dystonia-afflicted daughter and her Bible-thumping friend, respectively. Thursday performances benefit Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Greater Houston.
8 p.m. Friday. Continuing 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and August 21. August 18 through September 2. Obsidian Theater, 3522 White Oak. For information, call 832-889-7837 or visit firecrackerproductions.org
. $10 to $40.
Fourteen year old Laney arrives in Oxford, Mississippi with a twisted back, a mother in crisis and a burning desire to be writer. When she befriends Maribel Purdy, a fervent believer in the power of Jesus Christ to save her from the humiliations of high school, Laney embarks on a hilarious spiritual and sexual journey that challenges her mother's secular worldview and threatens to tear their fragile relationship apart.
Thursday performances benefit Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance and Covenant House.
"The work of a big accomplished writer's voice...a gem of a discovery." - The New York Times
"Gorgeous almost beyond belief." - The London Times
"This is a wonderfully neat play, at once simple and complex, grappling with big issues - matters of faith, fantasy and the flesh - while keeping its sneakers firmly planted on the suburban topsoil of adolescent angst and domestic frictions." - The Daily Telegraph
Crooked was first performed in a workshop production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2004 and premiered Off-Broadway at The Women’s Project in New York City in April 2008.
Riding the wave of success from last fall’s explosively thrilling production of