Written by David Weisberg World Premiere #50: A Central Works Method Play
Directed by M. Graham Smith
Produced in: 2016
The performances on Mar 18, 19, 20 are fully reserved. Please call the box office for information about the waiting list: (510) 558.1381
World Premiere #50: A Central Works Method Play
Inspired by Freud’s famous book of the same title, Totem and Taboo is a grand epic concoction that mixes together elements of farce, surrealism, theater of the absurd, family melodrama, and classic situation comedy.
Ralph used to be a university professor. Now he’s a pill-popping, stay-at-home “house husband,” raising a 17-year-old son with his wife, Alice, a genetic biologist. While juggling the cooking and the cleaning and the pain-killers, Ralph has also been working on a very long, very complex book, his life’s work: Opting Out of the Social Contract, a critique of liberalism, and its failure to fulfill the promise of a better world. But Ralph is having scant luck finding a publisher for his magnum opus. When a drug-induced hallucination lands him in a real-life episode of The Honeymooners—with cannibalism—Ralph’s world spins out of control.
A hectic, wild, utterly ridiculous, deadly serious, Oedipal family drama.
Production Sponsor: David Harder & Patricia Milton
Costume design: Tammy Berlin
Lighting design: Gary Graves
Prop design: Debbie Shelley
Sound design: Gregory Scharpen
Stage manager: Vanessa Ramos
“Harrowing but hilarious” – A. Gilbert, The Berkeleyside
“There’s a lot there, and it leaves the viewer much to mull over … Director Graham Smith keeps this all on track, zipping along, hilarious and sly. All the actors do splendidly, keeping the energy high and wry.” – J. Robles, Repeat Performances and Piedmont Post.