The final show of the 2013-14 season "Second Half" is an original piece written by Artie Award winning playwright Matthew LaChiusa entitled SHINE. This Americana ghost story centers on a Moonshining family in the backwoods of Tennessee during the 1960's.|
Established playwright, poet and director, Mark C Lloyd directs this story of the McCormick's moonshining operations that is deep in tradition and producing "top-shelf" moonshine. Forced to make a decision to continue the prolific operation or not, a young Linus McCormick faces the obstacles of doing business with the ruthless State Line Mob, the ways of the Ol' South and a persistent State Senator. Recent Niagara University graduate, Michael Wachowiak (BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON), joins ART/WNY veterans David Mitchell (KILLER JOE, LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR, MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS) as well as the multi-talented Billy Horn (BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, music director) with ART/WNY first-timers, Brandon Williamson and the unknown but the exceptionally talented Michael Leszczynski.
Playwright Matthew LaChiusa offered his thoughts about SHINE, "While some playwrights are comfortable writing about what they only know, feel comfortable about or surroundings they are familiar with, others chose to take a interesting historical moment or a piece of folklore, do some research and create a new story around it. That challenge is where SHINE comes from."
And the inspiration behind the piece, LaChiusa continued, "I began the piece in 2009 after developing a taste for this Americana heirloom and wanted to do some research on the origins and the makers of moonshine. So many fascinating stories, individuals and history came from this research, then, I got inspired by a Drive By Truckers tune and SHINE was conceived. Its an intense piece, but so is the 'shine that inspires the work."
Showtimes 7:30 pm
ART in the Box (View)
16 Linwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|