Daddyo Dies Well: World Premiere From Avant Garde Pioneer Murray Mednick
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The year is 1944, segregation in the U.S. is prevalent and World War II is in full swing. At Port… More
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The cast deserves Venetian Medals of Honor for having the courage to act in this and to do such a credible job.To call it incoherent would be to give it more praise than is warranted. One suggestion: cut down the vomiting from 312 to maybe 42...continued
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“As Murray Mednick experiments with language and investigates the majority’s relationship to indigenous cultures, he is emblematic of a Los Angeles dramatic tradition in much the same way that Clifford Odets is identifiable with Gotham or David Mamet with Chicago… Bursting with Mednick’s patented cascades of imagery and amusing juxtapositions.” –Variety
“Always interesting… circles, playfully and endlessly, around various life-and-death issues” —LA Weekly
“Intriguing and promising for L.A. Theatre…The writing is as much about the sound of the language itself as what’s going on… a testament to the power of a sustained body of work and that’s not easy.” —KCRW
“Daddyo is the epitome of ‘cool.’ There’s more going on here than meets the eye.” —On Stage Los Angeles
“Magic lives in Daddyo Dies Well_… Delights with delicious themes of the occult, the adventurous, the tragic, and the uplifting. The acting touches your core being and the play as a whole inspires an enchantment….hums with life and it is full of vitality and truth." —_Eye Spy LA
“Will leave all viewers with a “I don’t know what just happened to me, but I know I liked it” sensation. With both script and direction by Mednick, it is a fun, wonderfully strange, and well-executed production. Mednick’s direction is satisfying, detailed, and beautifully choreographed with subtle Greek chorus interjections that add depth to the story." —laist.com
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Legendary poet-playwright Murray Mednick directs the world premiere of a darkly lyrical comedy in which Gary, Mednick’s down-on-his-luck protagonist, takes a psychedelic Ayahuasca trip at the behest of DaddyO, his hipster stepfather.
DaddyO is dying, and before he goes, he wants to help his stepson get over his problems. He invites Gary over for tea – but this is not your ordinary Earl Grey. It’s Ayahuasca, a powerful hallucinogenic favored by the indigenous peoples of South America. Under the guidance of DaddyO and Antonio the “Angel of Death,” Gary is brought to understand the pulse and power of organic life on Earth in a lyrically comic return to themes explored in Mednick’s earlier Coyote Cycle. Gary’s trip takes him to the mountains and forests of South America, and the flutes and drums of the Andes complement the musicality of Mednick’s language.
Written and Directed by Murray Mednick
Starring Peggy Ann Blow, Strawn Bovee, Hugh Dane, Elizabeth Greer, Jack Kehler, Melissa Paladino, and Casey Sullivan