August 16 – 25, 2019
Two original one-act plays by Chris Elliott
Presented by Jackson Hill Studios
“Irreverent.” “Blasphemous.” “Diabolically Wretched.”
These are just a few of the words that critics around the globe are saving up to unleash on the (Aug. 16-25, 2019) world premiere of Somebody Dies.
In the first of the two plays, we meet God. Well, not exactly. We meet Jehovah and Allah. Deuces Wild opens in some version of heaven with the two deities playing poker. The stakes are human souls ascending to their reward when onto the gambling table arrives Ahmet Khafir, a suicide bomber who has just detonated a bomb on a bus in Tel Aviv. A vigorous game of bluffs, raises, a call and a see ensues, alongside a sometimes dense, sometimes funny, and always lively ecumenical discussion.
Bad Relationship is the story of a woman and a man. It opens with a view onto a marriage that has been destroyed by alcohol, sarcasm, sloth, infidelity and rage. It is a Wimbledon match of insults and abuse, finally resolved in a mutual decision to get drunk together. One of them does not make it very far into the play. The one who does spends a good deal of time arranging the body so it can be carried out in pieces. What could possibly go wrong?
Brought to you by Chris Elliott of Jackson Hill Studios and John Breneman of Triple Action Studios, Somebody Dies is a Triple Action Jackson Production.
Somebody Dies is a double dose of dark comedy from the heart and mind of Chris Elliott, noted L.A./Portsmouth renaissance rap trumpet troubadour and raconteur extraordinaire.
“Eerie.” “Morbid.” “Grisly.” “Preposterous.”
These are just a few of the words that online Russian and Chinese trolls are using to describe Somebody Dies, as well as its creator.
Chris was home with a heavy heart to spend time with his beloved older brother Michael Elliott (1947-2018), when he realized The Players’ Ring was hosting a submissions audition. So, he wandered over to the magical little box of bricks on Marcy Street and improv’d a production built around three one-act plays he happened to have up his sleeve.
Voila! Somebody Dies was born.
August 16 – 25, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00 p.m., Sundays at 9:00 p.m.
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