In an attempt to join the rest of the social networking world I am creating a blog for our upcoming production Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love by Brad Fraser. The idea is that as we go along the production and design team, as well as the cast and crew, will blog about the process. The good, the bad and the ugly.
So, first thing first, the play. Why did I choose this play of all plays?
Well, I pretty much came upon it by accident. I had applied for the rights for a few other plays but alas they were TOO new and weren't being released as of yet. What?! You mean I can't just produce whatever I want? So what if it is on Broadway right now? We are five hours away by plane!! The next thing I knew I was at the VPL just sifting through plays and there it was. Love at first sight (or on first read). I admit I am generally attracted to plays that delve into the darker side of humanity which is odd cause generally in person I am fairly 'sunny'. People always call me sweet (I am NOT sweet).
And this play is dark. And twisty. I love it. At its core it is about people learning to live with the disappointments that life has dealt them. Along the way, the characters explore sexuality, friendships and relationships and learn that the line between friendship and intimacy can be a blurry one indeed. Weaving through these complexities lurks the mystery of a serial killer who is loose in the city and killing young women. With many twists and turns, written 20 years ago, it doesn't remotely seemed dated.
I applied for the rights and we were off and running.