It features just two actors, no set, and some of the audience seated onstage. Patrons snagging those seats will have an extra intimate experience of this young couple’s relationship as they consider whether or not to have a child. The conversation spirals into a series of existential and often funny discussions about what they know life to be. This innovative new production rounds out Wharton Center’s new “Illuminate" series.
LUNGS is directed by Bert Goldstein, MSU's director of Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity. He has brought in two brilliant, professional actors now cramming their brains with a “challenging-in-the-best-way" script by playwright Duncan Macmillan. It is written in a realistic, overlapping style, complete with specific numbers of-um's-and a’s, so it fits together like poetry or music, creating "crackling dialogue with deep, universal resonance.”
It was a pleasure to meet the two brave actors and eavesdrop on the interviews they taped with local media CAMTV which is available to view online on YouTube and Facebook and Meridian News Now at 11:30 Monday, January 29 on Comcast Channel 21 or HomeTV.net
Eric Gilde (ericgilde.com) is a Yale-educated NYC actor with an impressive resumé. He auditioned via Skype and was “married” to his new stage wife Paige Hernandez. They just met a few days ago and are bonding over this “genius” script they both love. Paige is a multidisciplinary artist, performer, director, choreographer and playwright, previously directed by Goldstein at Wharton Center in the one-woman show, Shape of a Girl. With her company, B-Fly Entertainment, Paige continues to develop and tour original work. http://www.paigehernandez.com
ONE WEEKEND ONLY:
LUNGS on Wharton Center’s Pasant Stage
Thursday, February 15-18, 2018
Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Location: Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre
Tickets: from $19
Student and group discounts available
517.432.2000 or 1.800.WHARTON
There will be an Insight Preview before Friday’s performance inside the Pasant Theatre.