In my last greenroom entry, I mentioned a little show I was rehearsing called Gruesome Playground Injuries. In it, I said about rehearsals, “…it already feels like the most important stagework I’ve ever done so far. And to stumble and search and love and thrill and ache alongside the most talented Adam Whisner is a gift.”
It has indeed been a profoundly moving process, and one that I am thrilled to finally get to share with you. We open this Friday and run for just eight performances over two short weeks. I can say this in all earnestness: this one is not to be missed. The script is brilliant, and I would recommend you see it no matter who was in it. I just get to be the lucky girl this time around.
What’s it about?
Gruesome Playground Injuries is the story of Doug and Kayleen, told over the course of 30 years between the ages of eight and 38. At times funny and sweet, at others heartbreaking, it’s an exploration of two lives and the pulsing connection between them, even when they’re apart.
Or, as the show’s official promo materials more succinctly state:
Gruesome Playground Injuries is a modern-day love story by Rajiv Joseph, United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist (how does this guy not have a website?!), about the near-misses that pull us apart and the pain that keeps us together.
Who’s in it?
Featuring Leigha Horton and Adam Whisner
Written by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Natalie Novacek
Presented by The Peanut Butter Factory
When is it?
Friday, March 23 – Monday, March 26
Thursday, March 29 – Sunday, April 1
All performances at 8 pm
Where is it?
2822 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
All tickets $10, cash or check, available at the door
Photos courtesy Richard Fleischmann Photography