Posing Strap Pirates Set Sail at the Eclectic Company Theatre
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The last date listed for Posing Strap Pirates was Saturday December 10, 2011 / 10:00pm.
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Tarell Alvin McCraney's latest acclaimed play tracks the coming-of-age of a group of talented young African-American prep-school singers whose choral prowess is woven seamlessly into the story. Pharus, the undisputed superstar of the choir, is searching for the courage to let his true self shine through, in this work by MacArthur Fellowship-winner McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), who's been called "without question, the hottest young playwright in America" (Chicago Tribune). The West Coast premiere reunites director Trip Cullman, star Jeremy Pope and several other cast members from its 2013 New York run. Learn More
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This production is fine for what it is intending to be - a farce geared towards primarily gay men. The audience was half-full, and was almost entirely gay men. The play was over the top camp, which is intended. The set was minimal, they...continued
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“Plenty of wrestling and some leather action pepper this hilarious romp on the high seas. Running at just over an hour, Posing Strap Pirates is quick, fun, and entertaining.” -EDGE Los Angeles
“This little comic adventure holds true to a classic pirate yarn, but with a manly twist! Amusing piece that shows where men are men and are all glad of it:, something of a notion that gives this production its appeal.” -Accessibly Live
" Under Laura Lee Bahr’s astute direction, the cast … hit just the right notes, somewhere between heightened and over-the-top. I had a whale of a good time at sea." -StageSceneLA (Recommended)
“This should amuse lovers of gay camp.” -LA Weekly
Toye Buck, handsome young heir to a Louisiana sugar plantation, is kidnapped by the real pirates of the Caribbean, the desperate cutthroats of the pirate ship Billy Budd, with the most feared crew ever to sail under a flapping Jolly Roger. The captain, Rake Matelot, wants Toye to be his love toy.
Toye wants none of that. He is, after all, engaged to be married to a lady in Martinique. He becomes friends with the cabin boy, Beau Ideal. Very good friends. Very, very good friends, in fact. This enrages Rake, who demands vengeance.
What will Toye do?
Playwright Michael Van Duzer’s other works include Hopeful Romantic, Recalled to Life, Tawdry Tales, Cloudburst, Trattoria of Terror and The History of Gay Theatre in Something More Than Sixty Seconds. He is also a director.
Laura Lee Bahr directs the new production. She has acted and written often for The Eclectic Company Theatre, appearing on its stage most recently in Preposterous. Posing Strip Pirates marks her directing debut.
The cast of includes John Dickey, Paul Duffy, Mason Hallberg, Jonathon Lamer, Kerr Seth Lordygan, David Robert May and Jeffrey Patrick Olson.
Stage manager: Jennifer Salas. Assistant director: Questa Gleason. Casting: Alisha Seaton. Costume design: Ken Patton. Lighting design: John Dickey. Sound design: Jeff Folschinsky. Set design: Ryan Siebrasse. Original music: Niki Blumberg.