THERE WERE WORDS: Recap of Meron Langsner’s Burning up the Dictionary

There’s a certain level of entertainment that comes from overhearing a breakup. You’re sitting in a café, and suddenly the tense curtness of a couple on the brink catches your ear. You sip your coffee, pretend to read a book, and hope the drama reaches its climax before the check comes.

Burning Up the Dictionary, a smart new play by local playwright Meron Langsner, ensured that the packed audience at Trident Booksellers & Café did not miss a second of Suzie-Fay (Caitlyn Conley) and George’s (Joseph Edward Metcalfe) painfully realistic end to their relationship. As the third play to be presented in Vagabond Theatre Group’s quarterly series, THERE WILL BE WORDS: A New Play Workshop, Burning Up the Dictionary’s dark humor and unapologetic portrayal of characters spoke to a not-so-nerdy side of VTG and reminded some grimacing audience members of relationships they thought they finally forgot.

The next installment of THERE WILL BE WORDS: A New Play Workshop will be presented on Thursday, September 17, 2012 at Trident Booksellers & Café on Newbury Street. If you wish to have your play considered, keep an eye out on our website in July for our open submissions date!

For more on Meron Langsner, check out his website and blog for a recap on his experience with TWBW.


There Will Be Words 2/9: TRUE BELIEVERS Recap

Geeks, theatre lovers, and geeky theatre lovers (see Fig. 1) packed the audience last Thursday at VTG’s reading of Thom Dunn’s original play, True Believers, at Trident Booksellers & Café.

We don’t generally like to choose favorites, but there was one comment that stood out to us and it probably best captures the evening:

  “I want to thank you for the many nerdgasms.”

              You’re welcome.

A group of eight enthusiastic actors brought Dunn’s quirky comic convention to life, giving audiences a look into a subculture often ignored by the mainstream. Despite some of the play’s references being recognizable to only the truest of nerds, Dunn’s absurd humor and delicate portrayal of individuals caught in transition pushed True Believers beyond the comic world, allowing the entire audience to connect with the story.

After the reading–and a quick break for last minute drink orders–the talkback began. Thom Dunn gave the audience insight into his inspiration and process. In return, the audience offered the playwright and VTG valuable feedback.

If you missed VTG’s reading of True Believers, don’t worry: True Believers is heading to ImprovBoston’s Geek Week, which runs April 25-29. Performance time and date is TBD.

There Will Be Words: A New Play Workshop was presented at Trident Booksellers & Cafe on Feb. 9

Check out additional photos from TWBW on our facebook page.

True Believers and the Comic Book Play

When we were reviewing submissions for the upcoming TWBW, Dunn’s True Believers immediately stood out to us. It had one thing that none of the other submissions had, a subject which none of us had ever encountered before in a play: Comics. A comic convention full of comic enthusiasts and comic artists who talk about, what else? Comics. Even the play’s structure is inspired by comic books.

Once we announced True Believers, we were curious if there were any other plays out there that used comics as its subject or inspiration. Before we began our research, we knew the obvious—Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark. We assure you, True Believers offers twice the fun with no risk of injury! As we dug deeper, we found quite a few comic-inspired plays. Many of these focus on literally bringing comic books to life with superheroes as the main characters, protecting the city and winning the girl.

True Believers is a different kind of play. Everyone in the show is human. No one actually has superpowers, although some of the mega nerds in the play may argue differently. Comic books, sci-fi references, and geeks are heavily prevalent, but it’s not what the play is about. It’s about relationships and identity, striving for greatness and admitting defeat.

If you somehow managed to get through your entire life without ever seeing Star Wars, you can and likely will still love True Believers. You will be judged, but Vagabond Theatre Group forgives you.

Vagabond Theatre Group will present a reading of Thom Dunn’s True Believers for THERE WILL BE WORDS: A New Play Workshop on Thursday, February 9 at 7 pm at Trident Booksellers & Café. RSVP to the Facebook event here.

There Will Be Words 11/19: Re-Cap

From Left: Rachel Katherine Alexander, Jordan Callais, Phil Silberman, and Ryan Edlinger

“This is the way the world ends…” The Mime (Ryan Edlinger) lays down the card displaying these words and searches frantically for the remainder of the quote, which he can’t find. His face strains as he bursts into a silent scream—the silence finally broken by the sounds of a bustling café.

On Saturday, November 19, Vagabond Theatre Group presented its premier event in the series There Will Be Words: A New Play Workshop. The audience filled the back section of Trident Booksellers & Café to watch a group of young actors present two original short plays, The Hollow Men and The Watchmaker, by local playwright Greg Davis. As a playwright with an affinity for the absurd and a keen balance of wit and poignancy, Davis gave audience, actors, and staff alike two fantastic plays to ignite discussions that followed the readings.

Thanks to everyone who came out! We are already in the midst of planning the next There Will Be Words, so keep an eye out for information on how you can be a part of it.

If you attended the event, tell us what you thought by commenting on this post and be sure to check out additional photos of the event here!