This brand new play from Out-Side the Box Theatre is a coming-of-age story for our times. Although its action is set in Pueblo, a struggling steel mill town in Colorado in the 70s, the play is strikingly contemporary; its themes of trauma and recovery could easily jump out of today's newspaper headlines. Playwright Larry Blossom co-directs with Suzanne Knapik an ensemble of actors, who create two parallel universes the crew of a downscale diner into which the central character Billy Beasley, played by Forrest Rilling, stumbles into a job; and Beasley's hellish family of origin. These two universes are going to collide during the action of the play, drawing Billy and the other characters to a frightening, moving but ultimately cathartic resolution.
The Waiter, a riveting new play, by Larry Blossom, is an extraordinary coming-of-age drama. Set in Pueblo Colorado in the mid-seventies, it is a powerful story of devastating trauma and astonishing resilience. In the characters he meets in the diner where he works, young Billy Beasley finds a surrogate family, who help him recover from the hidden horrors of his family of origin. Sadly, the diner also harbors new traumas for Billy to navigate in his gut-wrenching journey through trauma and recovery. Rarely have I seen such raw drama played out on the stage.
~ Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D.
New York Times Best Selling Author
Transcendence: Healing and Transformation Through Transcendental Meditation
I can honestly say that I have never seen a play like The Waiter before. It opened my eyes to a different kind of drama- one that is dark yet funny and still keeps you wanting to know more. The actors were all great and made the characters very believable. I would recommend The Waiter to anyone ready to be surprised.
~ Shebna Garcon
The Waiter, by Larry Blossom, blends drama and comedy as skillfully as any play I have ever seen. The actors have an intense chemistry between them, creating a very real feeling to the struggles of a young man growing up in this small Colorado town. The Waiter is terrific from beginning to end and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an entertaining evening out.
~ Dan McQuaid
The Undercroft Theatre at Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church (View)
900 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
|Minimum Age: 16|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|