Fantasy, betrayal, dreams and the absurd create the fascinating landscape of John Kuntz’s contemporary play, The Hotel Nepenthe. With a versatile cast and director Alex Lonati at the helm, Brown Box Theatre Project is excited to bring this dark comedy to the Delmarva Peninsula from March 15-18.
Through the twisting, winding corridors of the mind lies a world both chillingly and thoroughly alien. As the settings and characters shift and morph through a series of delightfully turbulent vignettes, we are drawn down a rabbit hole of the familiar and the bizarre, held captive by endless parallel universes that seep from the stage to consume our attention from the start. Not for the faint of heart, The Hotel Nepenthe is a perilously absurd romp through the mysteries of human nature, the ripples of fair wings and alternate realities, and the search for meaning from within the abyss.
Alex Lonati, who is making her Brown Box directorial debut, says she chose The Hotel Nepenthe “both because of a love for John Kuntz’s work and because of the relevance it has to the world as it exists right now. All the characters in this play are trying to make sense of the chaos and to find connection amidst changes, challenges, and loneliness. Although this show is truly fun, silly and weird, at its core it is about searching for meaning, and that feels very real.”
The Hotel Nepenthe will provide an electric experience sure to spark provocative conversation among thoroughly-entertained audiences. In continued commitment to making theatre accessible to all audiences, Brown Box will present The Hotel Nepenthe at three different venues, with ticket prices all remaining under $25. To purchase tickets, please visit www.brownboxtheatre.org.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Brown Box Theatre Project’s mission is to bring high-quality theatre to communities that otherwise lack access to the performing arts. The constant goal in all their programming is to bring down barriers that separate potential audiences from live theatre and to introduce the performing arts to the widest possible audience.
THE HOTEL NEPENTHE
By John Kuntz
Brown Box Theatre Project
Directed by Alex Lonati
March 15-18, 2018
Michael Underhill as Actor 1
Rebecca Schneebaum as Actor 2
Margaret Clark as Actor 3
Cam Torres as Actor 4
Produced by Kyler Taustin
Production Management by Erica Paige Brown
Stage Management by Kayla Heal
Sound Design by Elizabeth Cahill
Lighting Design by Keithlyn Parkman
Scenic Design by Abby Shenker
Costume Design by Lila West
Properties Design by Sloth Levine
Dramaturgy by Jennie Morris
Technical Direction by Connor O’Brien
Carpentry by Drew O’Connors
PERFORMANCE LOCATION AND TIME:
Thursday, March 15 @ 7:30pm – Princess Anne
UMES Ella Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center
11868 College Backbone Rd, Princess Anne, MD 21853
Friday, March 16 @ 8:00pm – Milton
The Milton Theatre
110 Union St, Milton, DE 19968
Saturday, March 17 & Sunday, March 18 @7:30pm – Ocean City
Ocean City Center for the Arts
502 94th Street, Ocean City, MD 21842
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.brownboxtheatre.org.