BBC Philosophical Comedy Drama Based on Pink Floyd’s “Darkside of the Moon” at the Old Town Center for the Arts
Cottonwood AZ (May 4, 2019) – The Old Town Center for the Arts, and Red Earth Theatre are thrilled to present a Play By Tom Stoppard, with the music of Pink Floyd’s ‘Darkside of the Moon’. The play will be performed at Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood, May 10th through 12th. Commissioned by the BBC in 2013 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the iconic ‘70s album ‘Darkside of the Moon’, this philosophical comedy drama radio play is presented on stage by 8 actors in a full performance.
The album is played in its entirety, a soundtrack for the play underscoring the themes of conflict, greed and madness, as it pushes the story along. The sound effects, music and songs oscillate from being background to taking front stage, with key passages from “Money”, “Us and Them”, and “Brain Damage” among others taking over the action on stage. Use of projection enhance the fantastical and psychedelic hall marks of the album and this play.
‘Darkside’ tells the story of Emily, a philosophy student who takes part in a series of thought experiments. The play begins with the classic philosophical ethics thought experiment of the train about to run into a crowd of people (The Trolley Problem). The boy who is sacrificed for the many becomes Emily’s companion on a journey through an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ world of thought experiments meeting various characters along the way. Like ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (to which the ‘Darkside of the Moon’ album has been linked) she meets people who seem to have one role in one life and another in this world of the mind.
Red Earth Theatre is noted for its innovative, energetic approach to theatre and storytelling. Their stage adaption of ‘The Wild Party’ by Joseph Moncure March took a rhyming jazz style poem and performed it with 8 actors and live music. Red Earth develops new work including ‘Morley’, ‘Loplop and The Queen’, ‘Recycling with A Unicorn’ and ‘Traveling Through Shakespeare’ – a unique approach to Shakespeare’s cannon. They have also adapted short stories for the stage such as ‘Pink Nectar Café’ by James Bishop, co-produce the annual Little Black Dress new 10minute play series and produce favorites such as ‘Steel Magnolias’ and ‘Painting Churches’.
A nomadic theatre group, they perform in a variety of locations creating a ‘theatre’ when necessary and embracing theatres when available. Red Earth also presents live theatre monthly at Tlaquepaque with collages of poetry, prose and music along various themes.
Funny, sharp, relevant and entertaining this Darkside journey through the not-Kansas-anymore of moral philosophy brings to the stage characters such as Ethics Man (also Baggott the Philosophy professor), The Witch Finder (also Dr Antrobus), the Politician and Banker, Fat Man and Wise One. Emily, with the ghostly Boy encouraging her, is our fearless leader as we search for goodness in a world gone mad.
Actors featured in this production include Sarah Ann Leslie as Emily, Zeke Collins as Boy, with Terra Shelman, Phil Oberholzer, Dylan Reece Marshall, Dave Belkiewitz, Joan Westmoreland and Tiffany Grimm. ‘Darkside’ is directed by Kate Hawkes.
Running for a packed hour, each performance will be followed with an Act 2 featuring the charismatic Anthony Mazella on the guitar, and his take on the Pink Floyd phenomena. Please check the website www.redearththeatre.org for more details. This is a unique opportunity to revisit an old favorite or to meet a classic connected to our current experiences with intellectual wit and musical beauty.
Don’t miss this special opportunity to see a Play By Tom Stoppard, with the music of Pink Floyd’s ‘Darkside of the Moon’. Performances are Friday May 10th and Saturday May 11th at 7:30 PM and Sunday, May 12th at 3:00 PM. Old Town Center for the Arts Is located at 5th Street & Main in Old Town Cottonwood. Tickets for this performance are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, and $25 for priority seating in the first three rows. Tickets are available online at showtix4u.com. Tickets are also available in Cottonwood at: Desert Dancer, and Mount Hope Foods and in Sedona at The Literate Lizard Bookstore. For upcoming events, visit www.oldtowncenter.org. For further information, contact Elena Bullard at 928-634-0940, or www.redearththeatre.org
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