Jerry Mouawad's strange, fascinating, and funny new play "Special K" mashes master playwright Luigi Pirandello's reality puzzles with vaudeville, tragedy and time hopping romps through the Black Plague of the Middle Ages and back to the dark year of 2020. Anne Sorce (The Black Lizard, Fallout) stars. “Special K” opens February 14 through February 22 playing for six shows only on Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm at the Imago Theatre in Portland, OR.
In a remote, unnamed location, a motley group of supporting actors await the entrance of HER, the Queen. A few of the actors are veterans of this particular theatrical enterprise, a few are newer to the mix, and all unsure what they will be called to do when she enters. There is no script, only a few vague instructions, some peculiar names and props, and a whole lot of mystery as to what is occurring in the present moment. Ancient and modern myths co-mingle, gender roles and sexual identities are explored, time becomes disassociated, and borders begin to dissolve. Inspired by Pirandello's "Henry IV", writer/director Jerry Mouawad's humorous , haunting and deeply provocative "Special K" draws on many sources in popular culture, to explore inner and outer dimensions of theatrical convention, mental health issues, and the very nature of reality.
A stellar cast of Imago regulars play the motley crew and include Anne Sorce (Black Lizard) as HER with Sean Doran (Hughie), Emily Welch (Human Noise). Danny Gray (Leonard Cohen is Dead), and Stephanie Woods (To Fly Again), with Imago new comers Matthew Sunderland and Colleen Socha completing the comedic and tragic troupe.
Light design is by Jon Farley. Myrrh Larsen designs sound. Costume design by Christine Richardson. Mouawad writes, directs and designs (scenic.)