A few years ago, I met up with two of the founders of Modjeska Playhouse, Christopher Sullivan and Joshua Stecker. In the interview below, we discussed the founders’ history and how they decided to start the challenging — especially in an area with very little theatre presence — endeavor of creating a theatre. Even now the Modjeska Playhouse stands as the only performing arts theatre in the city of Lake Forest. Despite these challenges, the Modjeska Playhouse has consistently released a wide variety of scripted and unscripted shows for Lake Forest and the surrounding communities. Continue Reading
Have you ever watched an episode of television where the hero is trapped in a room with another character?Most of the time the other character is someone the hero despises, or the trapped characters have unresolved romantic feelings for each other.It could even be both.Once trapped, secrets get revealed.Feelings get shared.However, at the end of the ordeal, the issues are resolved, and the characters have a newfound appreciation for themselves and for each other.Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award winning play God of Carnage completely deconstructs this scenario.
photos courtesy Modjeska Playhouse (l to r) Keith Bush, Laura Flores, Cassidy McMillan, Wade Williamson
The cast consists of four characters –two pairs of husbands and wives.Cassidy McMillan and Wade Williamson play Veronica and Michael Novak.Veronica is a social activist who considers herself a “citizen of the world.”Michael runs a hardware company and appears supportive of his wife’s ideals.Keith Bush and Laura Flores bring Alan and Annette Raleigh to life.Alan is an amoral attorney while Annette is increasingly frustrated with his unbreakable attachment to his cell phone and apathy towards everything else.Together, the two couples meet in the Novak living room to discuss what they should do about the Raleigh’s son hitting the Novak’s son. The conversation quickly steers away from the children and towards topics that shed light on everyone’s darker nature.Continue Reading
Part of what makes a story enjoyable is its relatability. As viewers, can we identify with and appreciate the situations presented to us? If the answer is yes, then points can immediately be awarded to the story’s writer. This is the case with the Modjeska Playhouse’s Secrets of A Soccer Mom, starring Shana Jean Martin, Kelly McNamara, and Hailey Tweeter. Listening to modern day mothers regale each other with everything from spousal complaints to adventures in soul-searching is so familiar to us that our understanding of the ladies’ predicaments is instantly acquired, if not pre-implanted by society. Though much of the drama comes from a very serious place, this play has a decent balance with some genuinely funny moments.