Performance - Hate Mail

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2:00pm

  Adult $60, Senior, Student, Military $50

By Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky
Directed by Rick Bindhamer

“Hate Mail” is a hilarious comedy that tells the story of Preston, a spoiled rich kid who meets his match in Dahlia, an angst-filled artist. Their worlds collide when Preston sends a complaint letter that gets Dahlia fired from her job, and then there’s no turning back. The verbal abuse escalates quickly, and the characters’ words have consequences in their outside lives. It gets wilder and funnier as we follow the two through their increasingly crazed correspondence as they move from hate to love, and then right back again.

The Playwrights of “Hate Mail” (By Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky) were originally inspired with the concept of doing a parody of A.R. Gurney’s epistolary styles play Love Letters. Combined with the possibility of writing via actual correspondence between two authors. The playwrights quickly strayed from the original concept, and never went back. Hate Mail therefore, is not an parody of Love Letters, nor of any other epistolary work, but instead is a extemporaneous work created via the reactions of the writers – acting in character – to each others replies. (Kira acting as DAHLIA and Bill as PRESTON.) Their correspondences through fax and internet communication. Theirs is a nastier, more venal and ofttimes much sillier world, following the rules of good improvisation; accepting what is received while making attempts to surprise each other.

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