EIGHT by Ella Hickson
EIGHT opened July 8th, 2010 for five performances as part of the Capital Fringe Festival. Due to overwhelming audience response, EIGHT was remounted at the District of Columbia Arts Center August 5-14.
Eight lives. Four choices. Take your pick. In EIGHT, hot young British playwright Ella Hickson gives voice to a generation coming of age in an era of terrorism and economic turmoil. Intense, political, and sexually charged, EIGHT is made up of a series of thematically-connected monologues, exposing the parallels between American and British youth cultures in the context of events ripped straight from today’s headlines. Eight fascinating individuals struggle to forge identity and recover from trauma with the world stacked against them. A dynamic, interactive experience, EIGHT explores the relationship between audience and cast. The audience takes an active role in deciding whose stories will be told, picking four of the eight monologues at each performance and creating a new show every night.
Andre, (Frank Britton) a young gay gallery owner, mourns the end of a relationship and laments the rise and fall of shock culture. High end call girl Millie (Rachel Manteuffel) finds her business booming in the midst of economic collapse. Young soldier Danny (Joseph Thornhill), newly wounded and home from the Iraq war, gets a job at the local morgue and discovers that his scars run deeper than even he may know. Schoolgirl Mona (Megan Graves) learns one must go to extremes to rebel in a house without rules. DC born expat Miles (Jay Saunders) discovers a new life without responsibility after narrowly surviving a terrorist attack on the streets of London. Prep school kid Jude (Kevin M. Costello) spends a summer in France, where an older woman educates him in love and obsession. Fashionista club kid Astrid (Ali Walton) weighs the ethics of infidelity while her lover sleeps. Young Edinburgh mother Bobby (Dawn Collet) will give her children the perfect Christmas no matter the cost. These powerful voices are featured in a dynamic show that will thrill Washington audiences this summer. Like the characters of Eight, the audience discovers that sometimes, not getting what you want is exactly what you need.
Playwright: Ella Hickson
Director: Ryan S. Taylor
Cast: Frank Britton (Andre), Kevin M. Costello (Jude), Dawn Collet (Bobby), Megan Graves (Mona), Rachel Manteuffel (Millie), Jay Saunders (Miles), Joseph Thornhill (Danny), Ali Walton (Astrid)
Stage Manager: Erin Glasspatrick
Lighting and Set Design: Kevin Kirkpatrick
Sound Design: Elisheba Ittoop
Costume Design: Jesse Shipley