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Tormenting the Hen (Q&A on Thursday and Saturday)
December 7, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - December 11, 2017 @ 8:15 PM
From the bucolic hinterlands of rural Massachusetts comes a disquieting new dramedy from “Dipso” director Teddy Collatos. Shot for a pittance in only six days, “Tormenting the Hen” is a caustic satire of city mice in the world of country mice, where well-meaning cosmopolites clash with strange townsfolk in country homes, black-box theaters, backyards, and local pubs.
Invited by a dippy, well-meaning curator type (Josephine Decker), playwright Claire (Dameka Hayes) is spirited away to an artists’ retreat to present her latest work, a political one-act about race, resentment, and masculinity. Accompanied by her fiance, Monica (Carolina Monnerat), the weekend begins in earnest as a welcome getaway for the harried pair, until an unexpected visit from town weirdo Mutty (Matt Shaw) casts a threatening pall on their romantic idyll.
While Claire plays babysitter to a duo of difficult performers – Joel (Brian H. Brooks) and Adam (David Malinsky) – Monica attempts to maintain her sanity despite her lover’s decreasing attentions and her neighbor’s increasing proximity. Each woman struggles to preserve her autonomy in an increasingly hostile milieu, building to a soul-shaking climax that offers no easy answers for character and viewer alike.
Drama, Not Rated, 1 hr. 17 min., 2017
Thursday, December 7, 7:00 pm (followed by Q&A with writer and director Theodore Collatos)
Friday, December 8, 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 9, 7:00 pm (followed by Q&A with writer and director Theodore Collatos)
Sunday, December 10, 7:00 pm
Monday, December 11, 1:30 & 7:00 pm
$7.50, Museum members $5