Popular Synthetic Unlimited production returns to stage | TheUnion.com

Popular Synthetic Unlimited production returns to stage

Synthetic Unlimited returns to the Nevada Theatre this week for a revival of its “Who’s Afriad of Virginia Woolf” production as part of Paul Emery’s Nevada City Live! series.

The production, which Synthetic Unlimited first performed in July, will open Thursday (Oct. 31) and run through Nov. 9.

The 1962 drama by Edward Albee is set late one drunken night at the home of a married couple, George and Martha, whom Albee based on two of his New York socialite friends infamous for their intellectual artist salons where partying could last all weekend. The older pair invites an unsuspecting younger couple home with them, and the drama and dirt of both couples erupt in two hours of witty and vicious dialogue, heavy petting and non-stop drinking.

Within any marriage, individuals make certain compromises and agree upon certain truths and illusions.

“This is the story of two couples approaching the nuclear option. Total war. Truth versus illusion in a final showdown,” said Director Jimmy McCammon in reference to this production.

The decision to extend the run of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” for two more weekends was an easy one, McCammon said.

“We had a really great audience response and a sold-out closing weekend around the time Paul Emery was putting together the program for Nevada City Live. Paul wanted to include a play in his program, and we wanted to extend our run. It’s a perfect storm,” he said.

Synthetic Unlimited was nominated for eight Elly Awards for three of their 2012-2013 productions by the Sacramento Regional Theater Alliance, and won two.

The theater company has been bringing a new classic play every month to The Stonehouse in Nevada City since April.

“We tend to choose plays that may have been overlooked due to the economic risks of producing more obscure works. So instead of producing ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ or ‘Cat On a Hot Tin Roof,’ we can produce the much-less-recognized masterpiece ‘Kingdom Of Earth’ and introduce our audiences to something they may not have seen otherwise,” said McCammon.

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” takes a long, hard look at alcoholism, adultery, ambition and the games people play in relationships and won the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play.

This production features Trish Adair in the role of the seductive and biting Martha and Ken Miele as the sardonic George, and Synthetic Unlimited regulars Jimmy McCammon and Grace Fae round out the foursome as uptight Nick and ditzy Honey.

Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, and 2 p.m. matinees. Tickets are $15 for Thursday and Sunday performances, $20 for Friday and Saturday shows. They are available for purchase at http://syntheticunlimited.org, http://paulemerymusic. com, BriarPatch Co-op, Yabobo or at the door.

The Nevada Theatre is located at 401 Broad St., Nevada City

For information, go to http://paulemerymusic.com.

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