Four Square, written and directed by Manual Zarate will open tomorrow as a part of Austin's theater festival: Frontera Fest. I attended a couple of Frontera fringes (short plays) last year never dreaming that this year I'd be performing in a fringe myself.
Alongside actors *Ben Wolfe and *Douglas Taylor, I play Beverly, a girl with a limp and a bit of a slur who's in her mid-thirties, and standing at a bench-less bus stop.
"But that's all you get."
The long fringe (just over an hour) is comedic at times and tragic at others as the audience watches three people wrestle (literally?) with stories of love and loss in their past.
Truth be told, "we're all a little unfinished," which is why most viewers can relate to at least a small bit of this dark piece that seeks an answer to "why people love someone one day and then the next they don't."
We do the best we can when darkness falls. We learn the stories behind the stars; catch some music at a club. We walk by the lake, crack a joke, take a trip, take off our shoes... whatever. We let go.
And in letting go we sometimes find that we can see the sunrise in the morning.
Four Square is playing...
Friday Jan 27 at 7pm,
Sunday Jan 29 at 4:15pm,
Wednesday Feb 1 at 7pm and
Saturday Feb 4 at 9:15pm.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased through Hyde Park Theatre. Long Fringe performances are at the Blue Theatre in East Austin. All ticket proceeds from Four Square go to The Creative Fund which exists to fund new and innovative performing arts programs at any venue in Austin.
And, in case none of the aforementioned interested you, this team will be travelling to SCOTLAND to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August of 2012. Yes, I am dying a little bit... scratch that... a lot a bit... inside.
*denotes member of Actors Equity Association