2018 Season

Palace Wreckers, Inc

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written by Gary Graves
May 12–Jun 10

World Premiere #59: a Central Works Method Play

Currently in development (check back as the script evolves)

The premise: a “revenge comedy.” Based on the Oresteia by Aeschylus, the play Hamlet is based on, more or less, the story of Orestes—but funny.

An old house, once a mansion, out in the high deserts of Nevada. The old place has been there for over a hundred years. But a long time ago, it fell into disrepair. And for over half a century, it’s been increasingly surrounded by a junk yard, which is now the family business; it’s an auto wrecking yard—where old cars go, to be stripped of all resell-able parts, before the remains are crushed, and stacked, so they can be sold off as scrap metal.

It’s called Palace Wrecking, Inc., cause the old house used to be called “The Palace.” But the old place isn’t doing so well these days.

The play starts when the prodigal son in the family returns home. He’s been away for several years, out on the road, out on his own, coming of age. But now he’s returned, with a plan: he wants to turn the wrecking yard into a recycling center. And he wants the family to get into solar. The kid’s got big plans for the family business.

But his mother greets him with some sad news: his father is dead. They’re not exactly sure how he died. There was an accident. It seems. They found the old man, or what was left of him, in the car crusher. Maybe he died of a heart attack, and…somehow he… Anyway, he’s dead. And Mom’s re-married. Welcome home, son.

Devastated, Sonny takes a walk, out into the desert night, to a moonlit canyon, high up on a cliff. A spot he knows really well. That’s where he finds his sister. She’s a wild girl. Free spirit. Bit of a nutcase. But very, very formidable. They love each other a lot, but Sis believes that Mom and their new step-father murdered Dad. And Sis wants revenge. Against the two of them: Mom and her new husband: they’re murderers!

And how does Sis know that? She just believes it. No proof. Just a certainty. She just knows it. What’s our prodigal son gonna do?

How about that for a comedy?

Ticket Prices

Advance tickets: $30-$35
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At the door: $35–15 sliding scale

Pay-what-you-can: preview performances and every Thursday, at the door as available

Information & subscriber reservations: 510.558.1381

Performance calendar

Thu Fri Sat Sun
May 10
8pm
Preview
PWYC
11
8pm
Preview
PWYC
12
8pm
Opening
13
5pm
Talkback
17
8pm
PWYC
18
8pm
19
8pm
20
5pm
24
8pm
PWYC
25
8pm
26
8pm
27
5pm
May 31
8pm
PWYC
Jun 1
8pm
2
8pm
3
5pm
Talkback
7
8pm
PWYC
8
8pm
9
8pm
10
5pm

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