The Four Disgracers was conceived by Ixion Artistic Director jeff croff. “Iit struck me that the inspiration for our name could also inspire our first production,” observes Croff. The name of the troupe was inspired by a trip to the Detroit Institute of Art and the engravings of Hendrick Goltzius called The Four Disgracers. Croff then recruited four local playwrights to develop short plays. each derived from a different Greek myth. After months of writing and rewriting, The Four Disgracers took shape with “Distance from the Son”; “Tantalizing Menu”; “Empty” and “Icarus Flying”.
“Distance from the Son” by O.G. Ueberoth transforms Phaeton into Pate, a manchild struggling to find himself and deal with his daddy issues. Helios has become a cantankerous old soldier, who is helping out with conflicts as well as his usual duties.
“Tantalizing Menu” by Sarah Hauck takes us front and center with a family dinner filled with backbiting, acrimony and new menu items. Tantalus becomes a nervous and edgy host hoping that everyone appreciates his time in the kitchen.
“Empty” by Brad Rutledge transforms the tet a tet between Zeus and Ixion into a meeting of a mafia don with his lieutenant. Tough guys talk and get a little nervous as truths come out.
“Icarus Flying” by A. S. Freeman offers a fresh perspective on the myth. We enter a totalitarian world and learn Icarus’s mom’s perspective.
The Four Disgracers, directed by Ixion Artistic Director jeff croff, features the acting talent of Joseph Mull, Rico Bruce Wade, Angharad McGauhey, Michael Stornant, Cassie Little, Rikki Perez and jeff croff. Joining these original members of the cast will be Mason County native, Ann Genson performing the monologue "Icarus Flying".
"It's exciting and a little nerve-wracking," concedes croff. "I'm excited to bring this new work to a new audience, but also a little nervous. You wonder if a former teacher from high school will show up and point out where the grammar isn't quite right or the liberties we've taken with the original myths. I am very proud to contribute to Ludington's ongoing focus to grow the arts in the community."
Croff graduated from Mason County Central High School and went on to graduate from Michigan State University. He has written, acted and directed for theatre in nearly fifty productions. He has won awards for directing and been nominated for acting.
Jeff Croff, Artistic Director