RED HERRING is set in 1952- Joe McCarthy is at his ultimate power in the Senate hunting down communist, the first hydrogen bomb is about to be tested in the South Pacific and General Dwight Eisenhower is bout to win the Presidency. It was quite a year. And surprisingly funny, at least a portrayed by playwright Michael Hollinger.
Against this backdrop, our play is really about falling and staying in love. Three couples, along with a supporting cast (16 characters played by six actors) try to make it to the altar while hunting down a killer, a spy and secret plans hidden in a block of Velveeta cheese.
We have just finished our first run-through after only six days of rehearsal. A run-through is the first time you perform the show from beginning to end without stopping. The cast did a wonderful job with a very complex script. We are having a great time in rehearsal, alternating laughing and working. It’s such a pleasure to come into work each day when you have such talented people around you. We are excited to get to rehearse on our set in the next few days which is a large dock unit against a 20 foot wide screen where we will project black and white images and vide to create a film noir like world. Can’t wait for you to see it!
PS. For those of you who are Fox Valley area residents, I think you’ll really enjoy the opening flm sequence we created – I’m pretty sure you’ll recognize some historial landmarks from the area. Check out my short preview video clip about it!