The community theater troop New Direction is performing the comedic play “Breaking Legs” (by Tom Dulack), from June 4th through June 12th. The play will be performed at the Long Beach Community Center. The seasoned cast and crew are all looking forward to their first performance, since COVID restrictions, and they are greatly anticipating community support for their show.
Breaking Legs storyline of Theater meeting Mafia! “Playwright Terence O’Keefe is seeking funding for his new play from the family of a former student. The ‘family’ turns out to be minor Mafia godfathers who are willing to under-write the play provided they never have to read it—which doesn’t mean they won’t want to make some changes. The fact that the lusty, unmarried daughter of the house is hotly pursuing the playwright only makes life more complicated and Terry’s play is about a murder!”
Rick Thompson is the theatre director and he wrote the following notes about the play and cast.
“Sometimes you find a good play purely by accident. Last year I was browsing through the Second Look Books, a sorely-missed used bookstore in Prince Frederick, when I noticed a hard covered play. I happened to collect those, and so I bought Breaking Legs, having never heard of it or the author, Tom Dulack. As I read this comic mixture of theatre and the Mob, I kept thinking. ‘Where have you been all my life? This is hilarious! Turned out it had run over a year Off Broadway with reviews like ‘a silly symphony of laughs’ and ‘a crowd pleaser that is what comedies on Broadway used to be like.’
New Direction Community Theater, of course, agreed that it would be terrible if an unfortunate tragedy were to occur, so Breaking legs was set for June 2020, following the spring production of the Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. We all know what happened next: Marigolds, which was in its final stages and Breaking Legs, which had just been cast, got rubbed out for 2020. A year later, bada-bing bada-boom, positions have been flipped and Breaking Legs leads the season.
Much to my satisfaction, everyone in the cast – Sid Curl, Justin McCright, Monica Jones Dave M. Thomas, Bob Sebo- still wanted to take a ‘Whack’ at it after a year-long wait (let’s not forget the crew, stage manager Cara Brzozowski). The only change was the addition of Bill Righter in the role of Tino. It was an offer he couldn’t refuse.
They had to cope with a strange rehearsal schedule, working solely via Zoom until Mid-April when, due to a happy combination of ages and occupations, everyone had been vaccinated. Act 1 was blocked during that rehearsal. No one had ever done a show where the cast was off-book before the blocking—not to mention that they started with no guarantee we would not be put off again. But this group of actors hung in there, and here we are. Call them made men (and women).
Nothing makes a director’s life more fulfilling than a cast that comes in reared and ready to work. Sid, Justin, Dave, Monica, Bob and Bill are a blast to work with, and everyone kicked in ideas to make Breaking Legs the comic souffle you’ll being seeing in early June.
But no performance is complete without the final ingredient: The audience. Please come and enjoy the show. Just remember the boys are watching!.”
Show times are as follows: Friday-Sat, June 4-5 & 11-12 at 7pm. Sunday, June 6 Matinee at 2pm. Long Beach Community Center is located at 5845 Calvert Blvd, St Leonard, Md 20658. Visit www.ndctheater.ord for tickets. Adults $15/students and Seniors $12.
For More information: 443-624-4484.
Jen Wallace Magee / Calvert Beacon Intern