Weasels! Blood! Plays!


Mac Wellman’s groundbreaking Brooklyn College MFA Playwrights Caitlin Brubacher, Alexandra Collier, Sara Farrington and Ariel Stess adapt selections from Norbert Davis’ hard-boiled mystery novel, Sally’s in the Alley, and translate Wittgenstein’s philosophic brilliance for the stage.

New York, NY – July 6, 2011 – The sixth-annual Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood Festival is excited to present four original plays at the East 13th Street Theater from August 4th to August 6th. Solely produced and written by playwrights from Mac Wellman’s groundbreaking Brooklyn College MFA program, this year’s Weasel festival features talented alumni Caitlin Brubacher, Alexandra Collier, Sara Farrington and Ariel Stess with director Sarah Rasmussen. Three playwrights will draw from different sections of Sally’s in the Alley – the 1943 hard-boiled detective novel by Norbert Davis – and one will investigate why this writer was so beloved by philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. The unlikely but inspiring combination of the 20th Century philosopher, Wittgenstein, and witty detective novelist, Davis, will be joined together for a night of theater, at last. Chock full of corpses plus a whiskey swilling detective with a disapproving Great Dane sidekick, and a desert road trip under the watchful eye of wise-talking vultures, Sally’s in the Alley is the perfect inspiration for a festival of rapid-fire plays by wholly original playwrights working outside the canon.

LOCATION: East 13th Street Theatre, 136 East 13th St (btwn. 3rd & 4th Ave – 4, 5, 6, N, R train to 14th St, Union Sq)
DATES/TIMES: Thurs. August 4, Fri. August 5 & Sat. August 6 @ 8 pm
TICKETS: $18/15 students, reserve tickets at bringaweasel@gmail.com

Each night features four new plays:
KUUTNUU: Written and Directed by Caitlin Brubacher
A sometimes lonely quest for certainty in four parts.

The Red Letterbox: By Alexandra Collier; Directed by Sarah Rasmussen
A detective and his sidekick dog take a road-trip on secret business, until they meet a sexy hitchhiker who puts a glitch in the natural order of things.

The Vultures: By Sara Farrington; Directed by Sarah Rasmussen
Damn Vultures. ‘sif I had a dead body in the trunk…

Highlights in Hollywood: By Ariel Stess; Directed By Sarah Rasmussen
A special agent of the Department of Justice surprises our soft-boiled investigator – of the Carstairs and Doan Detective Agency – during bath time.

The experimental Brooklyn College MFA program, led by the celebrated playwright Mac Wellman, has decisively shaped New York downtown theatre over the last 10 years. Alumni of the program include Thomas Bradshaw, Annie Baker, Young Jean Lee and Ken Urban. The program has spawned the annual Weasel Festival, now in its sixth year, as a vital breeding ground for new work. Previous playwright/producers include Normandy Sherwood, Erin Courtney, Kate Ryan, Scott Adkins, Sibyl Kempson, Richard Toth, Bianca Bagatourian, Susan Dunlap, Trish Harnetiaux, Laura Jones-Katz, Karinne Keithley, Matt Korahais, Kristen Kosmas, Valerie Work, Corina Copp and Kobun Kaluza.

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