Watch Out for a Snake in the Grass!
By Anne Campbell
The SMA Playreaders is proud to present a staged reading of Alan Ayckbourn’s Snake in the Grass. And take note, all you Ayckbourn fans—this play is sure to tickle your funny bone while tingling your spine! For Snake is a departure from his usual comedies, such as The Norman Conquests and Bedroom Farce. As author of more than 70 plays, Ayckbourn is one of England’s most prolific and popular modern playwrights, known for his large casts and comedies about couples and family. Snake has a cast of only three women.
Snake in the Grass
Wed and Thu, Aug 20 and 21, 7:30pm
St. Paul’s Church
While comedic notes abound in this play, Ayckbourn’s greatest departure is the contrasting dark notes that haunt his three well-drawn female characters. Snake is essentially a ghost story with an underlying dark subject. “It is less about things in cupboards that jump out at you, than things in our heads that affect us at night in the darkness,” comments Ayckbourn on his play.
Also unlike his other plays, in which comedy is heightened by characters forced to live together indoors, Snake takes place entirely outdoors. Rather than a ghost story taking place at night, Ayckbourn chose to tell his story in the sunshine, “where the sun slowly sinks. Shadows creep in as the play progresses.”
To heighten the telling of this ghost story, San Miguel de Allende and New York composer Alan Campbell (no relation to our director) will use sound and light to underscore the psychological journey of the characters from light to darkness.
Three of SMA’s most seasoned actresses will star in this psychological thriller: Gerri Baruch will play Annabelle and Jill Gottlieb will play Miriam, sisters haunted by their past. Lauren Osornio will play Alice. The production is directed by Anne Campbell.
So join us around the proverbial (indoor!) campfire for a spine-tingling fun evening. Playreaders is located at St. Paul’s Church, Cardo 6.
Tickets will be sold at the door at 6:45pm each evening on a first come, first served basis. All ticket holders must be present when the doors open at 7pm or their seat may be resold. The play will begin at 7:30pm or when the house is filled.
Theater, Snake in the Grass, Wednesday and Thursday, August 20 and 21, 7:30pm, St. Paul’s Church, Cardo 6, 20 pesos.