Wanderlust Theater Lab
by Tom Block
Takoma Park Community Center Theater
7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
February 15, 16, 22, 23 (six shows)
TICKET INFORMATION: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/295235
Catch Wanderlust Theater Lab’s last production in the D.C. area
before their New York premier of Tom Block’s first play, White Noise, June-July, 2013!
Wanderlust Theater Lab is producing the second play in Tom Block's trilogy of the same name: Butterfly. The play is directed by Wanderlust Theater Lab founder Roselie Vasquez-Yetter.
Butterfly explores the final day of a self-appointed prophet, Todd (half-Black and half-Jewish), a once promising professional baseball player who answered a call to prophecy fifteen years before. The play takes place in the suburban Washington D.C. living room of the house he grew up in, with his single acolyte Jan (a Serbian refugee); a therapist; a medieval Muslim mystic (Ibn Sina) he has called back from the dead; the bubbly Martini, a beautician; his mother and his doppelganger, his invisible father who is interred in a mental asylum in Poughkeepsie, NY – all of whom help bring his quest for prophecy to resolution. Butterfly received its first reading at the Kennedy Center (Washington DC) in September 2012. This will be its world premier production.
The play will be accompanied by an original score written and performed by cellist Desiree Miller.
Butterfly is the second of a trilogy of plays exploring the intersection between human spiritual urges and contemporary society. The work will also feature a series of paintings from Mr. Block’s In the Garden of the Mystical Redoubt series, which visually represent the psychic experience of the characters, as they either succumb to or reject the teachings of the self-appointed spiritual leader.
Block's first play, White Noise, will be produced as a "Resident Theater Company Production" at Theater for the New City in the East Village, New York in 2013.