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I and You & Beautiful Monsters

Two one-act plays

Two One Act Plays

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Beautiful Monsters

Written by Kelly Gray
Directed by Argo Thompson
Featuring Taylor Diffenderfer, John Browning, Zach Hasbany, Grace Kent and Jackie Threlfal

 

A fascinating take on 2020, using music, dance and words to powerfully articulate what we’ve learned, what we’ve lost, and the human connection we all so desperately need to continue.

This is an obituary, year 2020. This obituary is for two lovers who had never touched.  A story not possible till this very moment in time. A smashing of old fashion gallantry and high-tech sex,  the impossible fuck, the plague infected love story of The Q, told on every forum of communication except the forum of flesh.


Left Edge Theatre

September 4 - 19, 2021

Fri and Sat at 7pm, Sun at 2pm

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I and You

Written by Laura Gunderson
Directed by Argo Thompson
 

An ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.

One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline's door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn't been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.


Left Edge Theatre

September 4 - 19, 2021

Fri and Sat at 7pm, Sun at 2pm

* Health and Safety Protocols

• Left Edge has a total capacity of 72. We will operate at full capacity.

• All audience members must be vaccinated or show proof a recent negative test result (within 3 days of performance date)

• All guest must wear masks when indoors

• Vaccinated audience members must show proof of vaccination. Either their vaccination card, copy of card or photo of card on their mobile device.

• All cast, crew and staff members will be fully vaccinated.

• The performers may be unmasked but must be at least 6 feet away from the audience.

•  There are no social distancing requirements for audience members.

 

OTHER PREPARATIONS

To prepare for the return of in-person performances, Left Edge Theatre has

• Invested in a UV light system for our HVAC that reduces the potential spread of COVID-19

• Developed strict cleaning and disinfection protocols to be used between each performance

• Increased cleaning of the lobby and restroom.

BEAUTIFUL MONSTERS CAST

The Writer / The Woman: Taylor Diffenderfer
Actor / The Man: John Browning
Actor / The Musician / The Butcher: Zach Hasbany

Actor / The Dancer / The Young Woman: Grace Kent

Actor / The Usher / The Girl: Jackie Threfall

I AND YOU CAST

Caroline: Dale Leonheart

Anthony: Manny DeLeon

CREW

Director: Argo Thompson

Musical Direction: Anthony Martinez

Choreography: Kimberly Kalember

Set Designer: Argo Thompson

Lighting Designer: April George

Sound Designer: Argo Thompson

Costume Designer: Sandra Ish

Stage Manager: Vicki Martinez

Sound Design: Joe Winkler
Set Dresser: Kat Motley


The Cast & Crew

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Playwright

-Kelly Gray

Kelly Gray (she/her) resides in Coast Miwok land amongst the tallest and quietest trees in the world, deep in fire country. This year, she's been nominated for both a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and her debut book of poetry, 'Instructions for an Animal Body,' is forthcoming from Moon Tide Press. Kelly's writing has most recently been published in The Atticus Review, River Teeth, Lunch Ticket, The Nervous Breakdown, Account Magazine and many other swoon worthy publications. You can read more of her work at writekgray.com or follow her at @_west_of_west.