Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Firelight Theater showing a live performance on the road around the area
Posted: 8/9/2021 12:04:15 PM
Firelight Theater Workshop will present its fall production on the Monadnock area parking lot route starting this weekend.
In its first live production since 2019, Firelight will produce “The Ding Dongs, or What is the Penalty in Portugal?” exclusively outdoors in the crisp fall night air over the next four weekends in Peterborough, Jaffrey, Antrim and Harrisville.
Written by Brenda Withers, the story begins on a seemingly innocuous Tuesday night. The doorbell rings in Redelmo’s suburban home, played by Eddie Gomez, who doesn’t expect company. On the other side of the door are Joe (Jason Lambert) and Natalie (Laura Carden), a noisy couple to say the least.
It turns out that Joe grew up in the house that Redelmo now lives in and wants to enter. As most would be, Redelmo is caught off guard and hesitant, but as Firelight producer and co-artistic director Nora Fiffer explains, Joe and Natalie are persistent to the point of being arrogant. Redelmo agrees and what follows is an evening spent together “in a dance of sharp wit and physical comedy”.
As Firelight explains in his announcement of his return to the show, “Between the clever dialogue of Withers, the physical direction of guest director Nathaniel Justiniano, the colorful costumes of Sarah Sandback and the playful soundscape of Rory Hurley,” The Ding Dongs. will provide viewers with an evening of laughter and reflection. “
Despite this being the first in-person production for Firelight in two years, the Peterborough-based theater troupe has never stopped creating and producing work for audiences. They just had to find different ways to deliver it to the age of social distancing. But the goal has always been to bring people together again.
“It’s been so long since we’ve done live theater that there will be this new anticipation, this excitement,” Fiffer said.
Since Firelight has never been a band that uses a fixed stage, the flat surface of the parking lots at the Guernsey Building in Peterborough, where Firelight’s studio is located, Humiston Field in Jaffrey, Mayfair Farm and Harrisville General Store and Great Brook School / Antrim Elementary provides ideal lighting for post-sunset performances and for placing rolling sets.
“We use our environment as the game world and let it inform it,” Fiffer said.
This will be the second show Firelight has presented to communities in the area, the first being the first installment of “We Were Friends,” although the performances at Jaffrey and Antrim are something that has never been done.
“It’s about taking the theater to new places and meeting new people along the way,” Fiffer said.
Competing against the sounds of nature and other inevitable noises, Fiffer said this will be the first time Firelight has used a microphone system. At the same time, the goal is to “give the audience an immersive experience,” she said.
Fiffer described Withers’ work as “brilliant, funny, crisp and deep” and “I hope it sparks some really interesting conversations,” Fiffer said. Justiniano, said Fiffer, “brings a lot of his physique and his dynamics to the production,” through his directing style.
The productions start on Friday September 10 and run from Thursday to Sunday evening until October 3. The show lasts 75 minutes. The complete program with locations, times and dates of the tours is available at www.firelighttheatreworkshop.com. Tickets cost $ 25 for general admission, $ 20 for Firelight members, and $ 15 for students. The seats are limited. Advance tickets are highly recommended.