Insignificant Others: Love Unfolds In The City
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Call it your classic boy-meets-boy and girl-meets-boy-who-is-still-a-girl love story. Call it Insignificant Others—the original romantic musical comedy by prolific “triple threat” composer, playwright and lyricist, L. Jay Kuo of San Francisco—and you’ll have it right. Insignificant Others follows the romantic foibles of five friends–two gay men and three straight women–who move to San Francisco from the Midwest seeking love and adventure. Under the direction of George Quick, the cast features local actors Lillian Askew, Erin Diamantides, Sarah Kathleen Farrell, Jason Hoover, Kevin Maldarelli, Justin Mckee and Andrew Sa. Additional cast members are Dane Paul Andres, Bobby Bryce, Mary Kalita and Alex Rodriguez. Keeping the production on track is stage manager Sarah Avigale de Asis and keeping them on their toes is choreographer David E. Garcia.
“I wrote this musical as a tribute to San Francisco,” says Kuo, well-known to Bay Area audiences for a string of successful musicals including the recent critically-acclaimed musical Homeland—a story of love and loss, set in modern day red state/blue state America. “The characters move here, and they fall in love, both with the people they meet and with San Francisco itself. It’s a modern day musical tale of the City.”
Beginning life as a staged reading in May of 2005 in San Francisco, Insignificant Others received an AIRspace (Artist in Residence) award from the Jon Sims Center for the Arts, where it underwent its second workshop. In October of that same year, ISO_—as it has come to be known by its loyal fan base—received a prestigious Theatre Bay Area CA$H grant and staged four workshop performances at the Jon Sims Center in January of 2006. The workshops caught the attention of The New Conservatory Theatre Center, and in July of 2006, it played to sold-out houses for five straight weekends during the summer of 2006 as part of NCTC’s in-concert series. ISO_ was awarded Best Original Musical Script by the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle for 2006. The “Siggies” (devoted fans akin to the “Rentheads” of_ Rent_) are buzzing about the opening, and plans are now in the works for a run in New York City in 2008, proving once again that San Francisco creates some of the best new theatre for the national stage.
“These actors are wonderful to work with because they each bring such fresh exuberance to their work, as well as amazing talent and great senses of humor,” says Quick, well-known to Bay Area audiences for his directorial efforts and currently interim executive director at The Z Space Studio. “They keep me young.”
_ Insignificant Others_ is a story of love and friendship. Jordan (Jason Hoover) and Luke (Andrew Sa) are two gay-boy best friends, but Luke discovers and develops romantic feelings for Jordan after they move out to San Francisco. Jordan falls for an ambiguously oriented co-worker, and as Jordan plots to uncover the true sexuality of his love interest, Luke grows increasingly despondent and takes precipitous action that tears the circle of friends apart.
Jeannine (Erin Diamantides) and Kristen (Lillian Askew) are roommates with very different personas and tastes—or so they think: they both fall for a “perfect” guy without realizing that he is the same guy. To hard-driving Jeannine, “Andy” is a dashing ambitious attorney, and to granola-crunchy Kristen, “Drew” is a dreamy, stoner musician. The ruse is perpetuated only by what the women choose to see—and to deny—about Andrew.
Margaret (Sarah Kathleen Farrell) feels beautiful for the first time in the eyes of the men of San Francisco, who apparently are all gay. But Margaret’s romantic life always seems off-kilter: She finally meets her first great heterosexual guy, only to discover that “he” is still a “she.” Her next guy has the exact opposite problem, with eleven inches of painful endowment, and her final guy is perfect…except for the carpet on his back…