By Brian Parks
Directed by Margarett Perry
With Matthew Boston, Brian Dykstra, Patrick Frederic, Vince Gatton, Lori Prince, and Alex Sunderhaus
An ordinary guy skips work to play golf when he's struck by lightning—thrusting him into a world of hard-nosed detectives, talking golf clubs, and the Wife of Bath. A fast-paced, comic fantasia by two-time Fringe First winner Brian Parks.
Part of 59E59 Theaters' East to Edinburgh 2022
Margarett Perry (Director) is an award-winning director of new plays. 59E59 credits include the world premieres of Education, Clean Alternatives, and A Play on Words all by Brian Dykstra, The Body Politic by Richard Abrons & Margarett Perry, and No Parole by Carol D’Amore. Margarett is a frequent collaborator with Parks having directed the world premiere of The House at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, as well as productions at the Human Race Theatre in Dayton and the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Assembly Rooms). Her other Fringe credits include the Fringe First award-winning production of Brian Dykstra’s Clean Alternatives (Assembly Rooms), No Parole (Audience Favorite Nominee) and Confessions of Old Lady #2. She has directed and developed new work Off Broadway and in regional theatres across the US. Recent favorites include the critically acclaimed world premieres of Born in East Berlin by Rogelio Martinez and Seared by Theresa Rebeck both at San Francisco Playhouse, Brian Dykstra’s Use to Was(Maybe Did) with Center Theatre Group, A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Hudson Stage) and Shrek the Musical at Connecticut Rep. Margarett was the Resident Director at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca where she has directed over 25 productions—including this season’s The Thanksgiving Play. During the shutdown, she ventured into the short film and music video world for passion projects such as #Hashtag That-Say Their Name (from the musical Crazy Make Crazy), This Doesn’t Work written & performed by Darian Dauchan and Brian Dykstra and Time Passes for the Resident Acting Company. She also began exploring watercolor and her work was licensed by the New York Historical Society and was a finalist in 2020 Brush & Lyre Prize. www.margarettperry.com
Brian Parks (Playwright) is an American playwright whose work has been produced in New York City and several other cities in the US. The plays have also been staged in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. His play Americana Absurdum helped launch the New York International Fringe Festival, where it also won the Best Writing Award. Americana Absurdum went on to win a Fringe First award at the 2000 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and became one of the first plays staged at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory theater. THE GOLFER premiered at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn, produced by Gemini CollisionWorks; that production won five New York Innovative Theatre Awards. His other produced plays include The House, Enterprise, The Professor, Goner, The Invitation, Imperial Fizz, American Poodle (Splayfoot), Suspicious Package, and Out of the Way. Enterprise won a Fringe First Award at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is published by Broadway Play Publishing, New York City. Imperial Fizz and The House are published by Josef Weinberger, Ltd., London. The Invitation is published in the collection Plays and Playwrights 2010, by the New York Theater Experience, Inc. A Detroit-area native, he’s been a longtime resident of Brooklyn.
Matthew Boston (Actor) Regional credits Old Globe, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Yale Rep, Hartford Stage, A.C.T, Berkeley Rep, Intiman Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Trinity Rep, Hartford TheaterWorks, Mosaic Theatre Company of DC, Repertory Theater of St Louis, Portland Center Stage, George Street Playhouse, Centerstage, Dallas Theater Center, A Contemporary Theatre (ACT), Two River Theater Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Human Race Theatre Company, Northern Stage Company, The Kitchen Theatre, 59E59, SoHo Rep, Working Theatre, as well as many others. Film/TV Credits: City on a Hill, For Life, Elementary, The Blacklist, Mysteries of Laura, Blue Bloods, Law & Order, The Kitchen, In the Family, Out and About, Ghost Ship, Into the Blue, Camp Wilderness, One Life to Live and All My Children.
Brian Dykstra (Actor) is an actor, playwright, and HBO def Poet. Previous Edinburgh Festival Fringe: playwright and actor in Clean Alternatives directed by Margarett Perry (Fringe First) and actor in Enterprise by Brian Parks (Fringe First) both at Assembly Rooms. He has performed at 59E59 in his plays A Play on Words and Clean Alternatives as well as Enterprise and Body Politic. He has worked with director Margarett Perry as a writer and actor on over 25 productions and was in the London production of Americana Absurdum by Brian Parks at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Broadway credits: Lucky Guy; The Great Society. Regional credits: Jerusalem (Rooster Byron), Red (Mark Rothko), King John (King John), Banned from Baseball (Pete Rose), All The Way (LBJ), A Doll’s House Part 2 (Torvald), Copenhagen (Heisenberg). Brian is the only person other than Mos Def and Dave Chappelle to appear on both Chappelle’s Show (Blind Ambition & White People Dancing) and HBO def Poetry in the same season. Upcoming film, Stay directed by Fred Goss. Brian is married to the woman of his dreams. No longer stands for the anthem because BLM. briandykstra.net.
Patrick Frederic (Actor) NY credits: Goner (The Kraine Theatre), The Umbrella Play (PSNBC), That Damn Dykstra (the boxed set), Offending the Audience (The Present Company), and Measure for Measure (Pearl Theatre). Regional credits: A Christmas Carol and All in the Timing (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), (love you Ed), Betty/Gerry in Cloud Nine, and A Maniac in Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist, both at the CAC, New Orleans, The Mystery of Irma Vep (The Depot Theatre & The Allenberry Playhouse). Film & TV credits: The Big Easy, 200 Cigarettes, Saturday Night Live, Chappelle's Show, Law & Order, MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch, MTV's Daria. He's done lots of commercials and voice-overs as well as audiobooks including works by Dave Barry, The New Yorker, Time/Life, and many others.
Vince Gatton (Actor) is a playwright and actor. He received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play for David Johnston's Candy and Dorothy, which he also performed at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. He’s appeared in several Margarett Perry-directed projects, including Cock and Brian Dykstra’s Clean Alternatives (with Lori Prince and Brian Dykstra himself) at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, and Brian Parks’ The House at the Human Race Theater in Dayton (alongside Alex Sunderhaus). Credits: SPILL (Ensemble Studio Theatre); I Am My Own Wife, Fully Committed (Barrington Stage Company); I Am My Own Wife again at Coachella Valley Rep (Desert Star Award Nomination) and Two Turns Theatre Company; The Hot Month (Boomerang Theatre Company); The Temperamentals (New World Stages). TV: Blue Bloods; Law & Order: Organized Crime; Jeopardy!, Married & Counting, Encore!. Vincegatton.com
Lori Prince (Actor) Credits: Clean Alternatives (The Kitchen Theatre); The Awake (59E59); Sarah, Sarah (Manhattan Theatre Club); Lyric is Waiting (kefproductions); Tiny Beautiful Things (Merrimack Rep); An Entomologist’s Love Story (SF Playhouse); Detroit (Theatre Squared); Not Medea (B Street); Educating Rita (Triad Stage); Pride and Prejudice (DCTC); Rocket City (Alabama Shakespeare); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lake Tahoe Shakespeare); Henry IV (Rep Theater of St. Louis); The Front Page (Playmakers); Hamlet (Geva); The Book of Ruth (Alliance). BFA Acting Syracuse University.
Alex Sunderhaus (Actor) is a NYC based actress. Credits: The House (Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018); Seared (San Francisco Playhouse); Who's Holiday; Sylvia, Vanya, Sonya…Spike; One Slight Hitch; The House (The Human Race Theatre Company); Seminar (Kitchen Theatre); Boeing Boeing (Millbrook Playhouse). Tour: Tony & Tina's Wedding. Upright Citizens Brigade and BFA Wright State University. alexsunderhaus.com
“A gleefully out-there dark comedy” ★★★★–TimeOut New York
“No American writer is more thoughtful – in an explosive and comic way” ★★★★ –Scotsman