‘The Eight’ makes dark of Christmas
Rockport — Midcoast professional theater company Everyman Repertory Theatre will present “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues,” a dark, dark Christmas comedy by Jeff Goode, the first weekend of the year. Performances will be Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4 and 5 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the Center for Maine Contemporary Arts, 162 Russell Ave.
This play, geared towards adults, opens a window into the North Pole where, despite what the carols say, all is not well. Accusations of sexual harassment against St. Nick are placing The Eight — Santa’s famed reindeer team — under the spotlight in a hilarious and revelation-filled production directed by David Troup and designed by Brandon Koons.
The cast includes several familiar Everyman Rep faces including Paul and Jen Hodgson, Abby Norman, Ashley St. Pierre, Troup and David Greenham, who recently directed “Freud’s Last Session” and appeared in Everyman’s staged reading of “Art.”
Joining the company for this run are Lou Carbonneau and Joseph Ritsch , two very experienced out-of-state performers with Maine connections. Carbonneau is originally from Lewiston. A graduate of Bates College, he has been working as an actor in New York City in both TV and film for the past 18 years. His film work has included “The Sitter,” “Everybody’s Fine,” “Noise,” “Friends & Family,” “Let It Snow” and “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Undead.” On TV, Carbonneau spent two seasons on “Law & Order SVU” in a recurring role as CSU Tech Harry. He also recurred on JJ Abrams’ “6 Degrees” and has appeared on “NYPD Blue,” “Law and Order,” “Royal Pains,” “Damages,” “Cosby,” “Deadline,” “Rescue Me,” “The Onion Sportsdome” and “The Big C.”
Ritsch is a performer, playwright, director and choreographer from New York City who is now based in Baltimore. A graduate of the School of Performing Arts at the University of Maine, Ritsch became a principal ensemble member with Jane Comfort And Company, one of the industry’s premier movement theater ensembles. He received critical acclaim for his work with the troupe in both the Village Voice and the New York Times for his multiple roles in “S/He” and for the title role of Macbeth in “Cliff Notes Macbeth.” A co-founder and the associate artistic director of Iron Crow Theatre in Baltimore, he has portrayed many roles there such as Amanda Wingvalley in “For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls” and Hedwig in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Ritsch is on the faculty of Carver Center for The Arts, a Baltimore-based high school for the arts, where he teaches directing, acting and devised theater.
Tickets are $20 with advance reservations and $25 at the door. This production contains foul-mouthed reindeer and is definitely not suitable for youngsters. For more information or to reserve a ticket, call the nonprofit Everyman at 236-0173 or visit everymanrep.org.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.