Monday, November 26, 2012

OUR DAVID Coming Soon at New Route

Ian Mairs' Our David was a one-shot deal for New Route Theatre last year, but now it moves to the mainstage, with six performances from December 7 to 16 in the theater space tucked inside the YWCA on Hershey Road in Bloomington.

The move to the YWCA plus additional performances mean that director Bridgette Richard and her cast can dig a little deeper into the play's issues and take a little more room to do their digging.

When she directed the show originally, Richard wrote in program notes that the story of Our David was one "that most anyone can find some connection with. When you get down to the basics, it's two people who have dealt with loss, and also struggle with the human habit to stereotype and pass judgment on someone without knowing them."

The two characters who inhabit Our David are Velma and Clyde, neighbors who do not see eye to eye. Each is vulnerable after a recent loss and not interested in making friends with someone from such a different background. But Velma, a widow who has spent most of her life in North Florida, and Clyde, a gay New Yorker who has just moved there as part of his attempt to nurse his wounds after losing his lover and most of his friends to AIDS, may have more in common than they care to admit. Still, neither would've guessed that a bad copy of Michelangelo's David, shown on the poster image above, would be the force that brings them onto common ground.

Mairs shows a light approach to dark subject matter, and the humor and heart in Our David were noted in reviews for its premiere production in Florida in 2000.

With Richard at the helm as director, Nathan Bottorff returns to the role of Clyde while Carol Scott plays Velma this time out.

Tickets range from $8-10, and you have a choice of 7:30 pm performances on December 7, 8, 14 and 15, and 2:30 pm matinees on December 9 or 16, all held at the YWCA at 1201 North Hershey in Bloomington.

For more information about New Route's Our David, check out the Facebook page for the event.

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