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All Out Arts' Fresh Fruit October Festival and Cross-Eyed Bear Productions present
The Wastes of Time
A play by Duncan Pflaster
Directed by David Stallings
Starring: Peter C. Cappello*, Mark Emerson*, John K. Heath, and Susan Barnes Walker*
*indicates member of Actors' Equity Association. An Equity Approved Showcase.
When a young man starts dating a guy 10 years older, his mother tries to be accepting, until she discovers she has more than one reason to be wary of her son's new boyfriend. A powerful and provocative play that challenges what we think we know about love.
4 performances as part of All Out Arts' 2011 Fresh Fruit October Festival.
Tuesday, October 25th, 7:30pm, Wednesday, October 26th, 5pm
Friday, October 28th, 9pm, Saturday, October 29th, 1pm
At the WorkShop Theater Mainstage: 312 W. 36th Street, 4th floor
Tickets $18 at www.FreshFruitFestival.com or 866-811-4111
Reviews of the original production:
"It's uncommon these days for a gay-themed play to tackle the issues surrounding AIDS — both because it's a heavy, potentially unpopular subject and because it might seem irrelevant in an age of seemingly magical drug therapies that have extended many AIDS patients' lives. That's why it's such a pleasure to watch a play like The Wastes of Time that not only tackles the thorny subject but does it in a way that is relevant, insightful, and emotionally moving, without depending on nostalgia or maudlin gimmicks."
- Jerry Portwood, Backstage (Critic's Pick, 2006 MITF production)
“The Wastes of Time is a beautiful and well-constructed play by Duncan Pflaster. I have often admired the actress Susan Barnes Walker, and here she is perfect, as usual, in the role of Mary Ann, a mother who loves her son and accepts the fact that he is a homosexual.”
– Mario Fratti, America Oggi
“Pflaster has bravely etched three memorable characters and set them dancing emotionally against the backdrop of the gay disco scene and AIDS. Yes, this is an AIDS play, but one that handles the subject with disarming naturalness and perspective.”
– Bob Ost, TRU
Angel photo courtesy of Marion J. Ross