By Callen Harty
Directed by Callen Harty
Poor Adam Molony. Killed by a cow. Well, sort of, that is. You see, it's said that young Adam Molony didn't notice the poor animal standing sheepishly in the middle of the road when he came flying over the hill -- and before he knew what hit him, it was too late. Now Adam is dead, and as for the cow-- well, no one really knows what led her into harm's way that fateful day, but it's clear her milking days are over -- and that's no bull.
Udderly ridiculous, you say? Not for a small farming community in rural Wisconsin -- and certainly not ridiculous for the Molonys, an Irish-Catholic family accustomed to members of their clan perishing in some of the most bizarre, unusual, and life-defying circumstances ever. It's just business as usual for the Molonys.
Or is it? This particular Molony wake/family reunion isn't going to be quite like others of the recent past. In fact, young Kieran O'Neill insists on having a good, old-fashioned Irish wake for his cousin at the home of the deceased's mother, Deirdre, who grudgingly gives in to his demand for tradition and turns her home into a funeral parlor for a day. But, as the Molonys are about to find out -- some old-world traditions die for a reason -- and that's exactly where the fun begins!
Broom Street Theater proudly presents A Wake, an outrageous new comedy written and directed by BST Artistic Director Callen Harty, which twinkles an eye at the notion that not even the dead can truly escape the ties that bind when it's the living who are left in control.
A Wake boasts the talents of veteran Broom Street actors Shelley Eichenlaub, Matt Kenyon, Lauri Harty, Jan Levine Thal, and Scott Rawson, plus welcomes BST newcomers Joe Lutz, Sean Strache, Jason Valentine and Jeff Wilson to the mix, and introduces Destiny Sabljak, who makes her stage acting debut at the age of 7.
Produced by Broom Street Theater at 1119 Williamson Street
Performances: January 13 through February 19, 2006, Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 8 pm
The theater can be difficult to find. It is not on Broom Street. It is at 1119 Williamson Street, set back from the street at the end of a long driveway.
Ticket Prices $7 at the door only
Call (608) 244-8338 for more information.