Psychological Thriller Bug: Madness and Millions of Insects
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Flat Earth Theatre sends audiences into a mesmerizing world of madness, misery and millions of tiny insects with Bug, written by Pulitzer Prize winner, Tracy Letts and directed by Jake Scaltreto.
Hailed as “…a riveting thriller of paranoia and an instant guilty pleasure,” by Hollywood Reporter, Bug was so successful on the stage that a film version of the play was released in 2006 from Lionsgate. Director, Willian Friedkin, described the film as “the most intense piece of work I’ve ever done”. Scaltreto takes that notion a bit further, saying, “Letts’s text delivers a fervor that escalates throughout the story; just when you think it couldn’t possibly get more tense, he raises the stakes. The script is rife with dramatic meat that gives our actors and designers something to sink their teeth into.”
Locally, Flat Earth Theatre’s production has been highly anticipated by Boston audiences for months, due its arresting combination of love and fear, seduction and paranoia, laughter and terror. “When my friend and I saw it in New York,” says Boston theatre scene veteran, Mike Budwey, “we could not speak to each other for a long time afterwards. You know that’s some pretty powerful material.”
The cast features Julie Becker (Agnes White), Steven DeMarco (Jerry Goss), Tim Fairley (Dr. Sweet), James Hayward (Peter Evans) and Emily Hecht (R.C.). Scaltreto will be supported by Flat Earth Members: Leigh Downes (Producer), Amy Lehrmitt (Stage Manager) and Adam Teti (Technical Director).
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
Tracy Letts is an actor and playwright who was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play for August: Osage County which premiered at Steppenwolf in 2007, played on Broadway and London’s National Theatre and is currently enjoying a 40-week U.S. tour. Other writing credits include: Man from Nebraska, which was produced at Steppenwolf in 2003 and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize; Killer Joe, which has been produced in Chicago, London and New York; and Bug, which has played in New York, Chicago and London.
Letts has also been a Steppenwolf ensemble member since 2002, performing in Betrayal, The Pillowman, Last of the Boys, The Pain and the Itch, The Dresser, Homebody/Kabul, The Dazzle, Glengarry Glen Ross (also in Dublin and Toronto), Three Days of Rain, Road to Nirvana, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of The Glass Menagerie (1988).