Coming March 9!
Written by Wendy Graf
Directed by Maria Gobetti
Starring Brea Bee and
Produced by Tom Ormeny,
Maria Gobetti and Katie Witkowski
Two strangers lost, hidden… and found? Brea Bee (Mutual Philanthropy at EST/LA) and Marshall McCabe (title role in Romeo and Juliet at Chicago’s Center Theatre, lifetime member of The Actors Studio) star as Jane and Alex, both on the run from loneliness and the truth. This might be their last chance to find true love — if only they can seize it!
March 9 – April 15
Previews: March 1, 2, 3
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm,
Sundays at 4pm
The creative team for Unemployed Elephants includes set designer Evan Bartoletti, projections designer Nick Santiago, lighting designer Carol Doehring, sound designer Noah Andrade, costume designer Meagan Evers, graphic designer Jennifer Logan and photographer Tim Sullens. The dramaturg is Gail Bryson, the stage manager is Sean Spencer, and Tom Ormeny,Maria Gobetti and Katie Witkowski produce for The Victory Theatre Center.
The story behind Unemployed Elephants:
Graf is best known for writing dramas that explore themes of family, identity and home within the context of contemporary politics. Elephants is her first comedy, inspired by a trip she took to Myanmar in 2015.
“The trip highlighted and encapsulated for me our modern sense of feeling adrift, seeking something without knowing quite what, trying to ground oneself in the constant barrage of apps and crazes and shoulds and how-tos,” she says. “I felt as if I had walked headlong into a strange new world, a monsoon, not knowing what would happen next.”
Graf is quick to point out the play was written (and therefore set) nearly two years prior to the flight of more than 400,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh to escape a military counter-insurgency offensive the United Nations has described as “ethnic cleansing.”
“Some people might question a romantic comedy set in a country currently at the heart of what many are calling genocide,” she acknowledges. “Looking back, I now recognize the turmoil roiling beneath the surface during my visit. But at the time, we saw nothing, we heard nothing. The trip was planned because I had just watched a segment on 60 Minutes that was all about hope for democracy in ‘The New Burma’.”