by Adam Bock

Part of the NEXT UP Series at the Steppenwolf Garage:

http://www.steppenwolf.org/Plays-Events/Calendar/Next-Up-2013.aspx

Directed by John Michael Diresta

Costume Design by Stephanie Cluggish

Scenic Design by Yu Shibagaki

Lighting Design by Rebecca Barrett

Sound Design by Kevin O'Donnell

This production runs in rep with The Internationalist and Fat Pig at the Steppenwolf Garage. Previews begin May 28, 2013. Production photos to follow. 

Three bride-to-be best friends go into the city to celebrate Marnie's bachelorette party. After an evening of sparkly pink drinks, their world is tilted by drunken confessions and the appearance of a handsome stranger. The play explores both the ideals and the realities of love and marriage as friends who thought they knew each other have truths come to light in the darkness of the city at night; we also see their bravery as they deal with the repercussions the next morning. 

As the play begins, Marnie, Melissa, and Linda are best friends, and they are ALL getting married. Cut to the next scene at Marnie’s bachelorette party, and only Marnie and Linda are getting married. Linda is drunk. They are all drunk, but Linda is very drunk. Then they meet Frank and Eddie. Frank and Eddie are cute. Frank is very cute. Frank and Marnie start kissing. Melissa is angry. As the city tilts around them they begin to lose the grip on the delicate balance they have created between themselves; Marnie realizing she can’t be who she thought she was, and Melissa finding that fact to be unacceptable. Linda is... still drunk. 

The clothes for these girls start out showing us who they think they are, or who they’d like to be. There’s a playful, cute quality that reflects the timbre of the text, but as the drinking induces accidental truths we begin to see the gaps between them. Marnie and Melissa are only willing to understand themselves up to a certain point before it becomes uncomfortable and inconvenient; Linda  sees the dark depths in herself and it terrifies her. By the end we’ve had enough fights and confessions to see the how constructs they’re existing in have become their reality. The boys are more straightforward about their needs and wants but somehow less sure how to get them.