For immediate release
March 12, 2010
Media contact: Jacquie Lucy
443-840-4668 / 410-340-2148 (cell)
Theatre at CCBC Essex presents Kid-Simple: A Radio Play in the Flesh
by award-winning playwright Jordan Harrison, directed by CCBC’s Julie Lewis.
Baltimore County, Md. – When Moll (Samantha Trionfo of Parkville), a girl who invents things, invents a machine designed to pick up sounds that can’t be heard, she draws the attention of some shadowy figures who want to turn her invention to their own purposes. When a mercenary and master of disguise (Linus T. Owens of Govans) steals the machine, Moll must go on a mythic quest to get it back. Accompanied by Oliver (Patrick Youells of Parkville), the last boy-virgin in the eleventh grade, Moll sets out to win back her machine (and her heart) and save sound as we know it.
Featuring wild sound effects, fantastical elements, and two live Foley artists on stage (Chris Lewis of Towson and Sydney Nichols of Joppa), Kid-Simple incorporates hip contemporary references with retro fashion in a post-modern commentary on language, sound and the making of meaning itself.
The Denver Post called Kid-Simple “the most inventive and satisfying piece” of the 2004 Humana Festival. Regarding the playwright and the piece, the Seattle Times said, "Stuffed with whiz-bang sight and sonic gags, sci-fi tropes, fanciful language and self-referential pokes at its own loopiness, Kid-Simple is the work of a fertile, rambunctious imagination...Harrison is an exhilarating wordsmith."
Playwright Jordan Harrison is the recipient of the Kesselring Fellowship, the Heideman Award, a Theater Masters' Innovative Playwright Award, two Jerome Fellowships and a McKnight Grant from The Playwrights' Center, a Lucille Lortel Fellowship, and a NEA/TCG Playwright-in-Residence Grant with The Empty Space Theatre.
CCBC’s production is directed by Associate Professor Julie Lewis, with scenic and lighting design by Terri Raulie, costumes by James J. Fasching, and sound design by Brad J. Ranno.
Kid-Simple: A Radio Play in the Flesh runs 8 p.m. March 18, 19, and 20; 2 p.m. March 22; and 10 a.m. March 23 in the B Building Theatre at CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Boulevard. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students and CCBC faculty, staff and alumni. Call the Box Office at 443.840.ARTS or online at www.ccbcmd.edu/performingarts/actheatre.html.
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