Brian King is doing double duty in the Pioneer Playhouse season closer, “Kosher Lutherans”: He’s acting in and directing the play.
So, how do you deal with the challenges of acting in and directing the same play?
“Stimulants, and lots of them,” King said. “Seriously, humility is a good start. From the first rehearsal, the cast welcomed me on board as their director and fellow cast member, offering creative energy and unwavering support. It also helps to have a great assistant director, and Carol Conkey has fulfilled that role with aplomb.”
King said the play is about a friendship being tested.
“When two couples in their late 30s, best friends and childless, get together on the Jewish holiday of Purim, and the one couple who want to have a child, can’t, and the other can but doesn’t, their friendship is tested,” King explained. “(That is) until they come up with a solution that will satisfy each of them.
“But then, a chance phone call unites the couple who want to have a baby with an unwed teenage mother (who is) seeking a family and home for her baby. But then, the girl finds out the couple is Jewish and the only thing she knows about Jews is something her father told her — ‘... that they killed Jesus.’”
The theme of the show, King said, is “Life throws you fast balls and curves so you better wear a helmet, carry a big bat and be ready for both.” As a director, the show’s appeal is “finding a comedic tone for a potentially explosive situation.”
“And the director can’t fire the actor, and the actor can’t walk out on the director,” he added.
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Showtime: 8:30 p.m.; $16
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Reservations required for dinner; vegetarian meal available upon request
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