HemlockUser Rating: 3.6 (1 votes)
A Greek Diner Tragedy
Bob Jude Ferrante
As humanity rockets toward Millennium, strange red-garbed men known only as Cardinals complete plans for universal domination by capturing Socrates, Greek philosopher and David Chagall, Bronx diner owner. Can our intrepid men free themselves from the clutches of the mother of all conspiracies... and save the cosmos? HEMLOCK is a black, black, black comic fantasy that skewers end of millennium paranoia, western philosophy, conspiracy theories, time travel, and Catholicism.
Gretchen Swen (Producing Artistic Director of Dallas’ own Extra Virgin PC) says: “Hemlock... brings together the death of Socrates and the Inquisition via a Greek diner in present-day [Bronx], NY. This truly original work is an uproariously-funny, trans-historical nightmare that marries Vaudevillian farce with Orwellian-style musings on rationality, institutionalized religion, and the failure of humanity to live up to the precepts of Christianity and Western enlightenment culture... a frenzied, thought-provoking ride...”
Jimmy Fowler at the Dallas Observer gave Hemlock one of his “Jimmy” awards, saying:
“... Extra Virgin Performance Cooperative has chosen to debut a brittle, sinister, but consistently funny script... ”
“... devilish wordplay and intellectual acrobatics... ”
“... a gigantic Rorschach on which you can project all kinds of personally biased interpretations. Thanks to the muscularity of Bob Jude Ferrante's dialogue and Extra Virgin's airtight production, this is a strength.”
“... Hemlock shoves a piping-hot dish of contradictions in your face and asks you to savor each one. Luckily, both the playwright and Extra Virgin have full grasp of the recipe... chances are you won’t stop ’til your plate is clean.”
|Time Period(s):|| Post-Modern 1990 - present|
|Play Type: ||Play|
|Runtime: ||120 minutes|
|Set Complexity: ||Average|
|Set Information: ||2 locations - Diner and Dungeon|
|Year First Published: ||1998|
|Total Characters: ||9|
|Male Characters: ||6|
|Female Characters: ||1|
|Minimum Cast: ||7|
|Maximum Cast: ||9|
|Cost: ||7.50 Contact author: firstname.lastname@example.org|
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|ISBN: ||Not Available|