Sept. 11, 2016
Love is Strange
Love is strange. How strange? Head over to Slipstream Theatre Initiative to find out. The audience will be flies on the wall in a house where nothing is as it seems. Megan is a 15 year-old runaway who has taken shelter in Carl’s house, and together they have begun a timeless tradition that keeps them constantly teetering on the line of power and control. The tradition will have to remain a mystery…until you see it for yourself.
Slipstream found great success, after their first season last year, offering an encore production featuring work from a local playwright. They are doing the same with Love is Strange, by renowned Detroit Area playwright Sean Paraventi. Running only 8 performances, and with very limited seating, this production will keep the audience on the edge of their seats or hiding their faces in fear.
Slipstream’s technical director and founding member, Ryan Ernst, takes on the grimy role of Carl. Tiaja Sabrie (seen last season in Hedda Gabler, Ubu Rex, Twelfth Night, and PYG) plays Patrice, the last victim of the couple. High School Senior, 17-year-old David Wilson (previously seen inTaming of the Shrew and Dorian Gray), plays the unsuspecting and incredibly unlucky Gary. And rounding out the cast as the 15-year-old, seemingly innocent but wildly underestimated runaway turned captor, Megan is High School Sophomore, 15-year-old Grace Jolliffe.
The show is intended for mature audiences only, and even the most mature of adults may find themselves squeamish during the show. Exploring the lives of serial killers, male and female, and the indescribable dynamic of unconditional love between a Bonnie and Clyde-type duo allows the audience a rare glimpse at the internal workings of what most people would call psychopaths.
Sean Paraventi, local actor and playwright, usually keeps you laughing. But with Love is Strange, he gives you something completely different. And it will keep you thinking and talking all night.