The Right Brain Project

Where Passion Plays


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"Playwright Randall Colburn avoids both easy laughs and easier   moralizing, offering instead an intimate, insightful, achingly sad   portrait of two people desperate to regain their innocence... Nathan Robbel's talented cast act their parts with a stillness and   understatement worthy of a cinematic closeup, giving the play its   quietly shattering impact."
Zac Thompson, The Chicago Reader    

"It's really all about the people-- about the acting. And the acting is   quite good... Regardless of how you feel about religion, sexuality, adolescence, or   what-have-you, the bottom line is that Hesperia is a simple but   powerful production for those of us who are not afraid to be a little   uncomfortable for 80 minutes."
Kelly Reaves, Gapers Block

  "The play is full of revelations--Colburn has a razor-sharp eye   for the details of human behavior, and it's a joy to see moment after   moment that's funny, moving, and painfully recognizable. (The production    certainly helps in this respect.) It's rare for a play to have so many   uncomfortably honest moments, and something special for this reason   alone."
Zev Valancy, On Chicago Theatre

"Colburn's is a mature drama asking serious questions, refusing to take sides or traffic in easy answers, and under Nathan Robbel's direction, the cast's wholesale commitment to their material is enough to overcome any impediments generated by the production's physical limitations."
Mary Shen Barnidge, Windy City Times

Claudia remembers, as a child, Ian sneaking into her bedroom late at night and holding her as she cried. Or was it the other way around? Regardless, that was a long time ago - before they ran off to L.A., before the drugs, and before they found themselves knee-deep in the adult film industry. The money and drugs claimed Ian, but Claudia got out, knowing nobody would take her seriously when she ran off to Hesperia, a small Midwestern hamlet just miles from where she grew up. She hoped to redefine herself on her own terms - to rediscover the little girl that chased trains on her bicycle. Little did she realize, she would also find God, and a bright-eyed man who could love her like Ian once did so long ago. But now, just weeks before her wedding, Ian has shown up at her door with his tail between his legs, forcing her to ask the question: "Can he be saved too?" Redemption, Claudia learns, never comes without a sacrifice.

Hesperia marked the second of three Colburn pieces that the RBP presented in 2010, all exploring themes of identity, sexuality, and redemption.

The Right Brain Project's 2010 world premiere production of Randall Colburn's Hesperia opened at the RBP Rorschach on July 15 and ran through August 14 with the following creative team:  

Director:  Nathan Robbel

Stage Manager:  Emma Peterson

Tech Director:  Anthony Ingram

Music Director/Composer:  Trevor Patrick Watkin

Dramaturg:   Jamie Bragg

Publicity Card Design:  Tom McGrath

Featuring:  Katy Albert, Natalie DiCristofano, Billy Fenderson, Nick Freed, and Danny Mulae 

Hesperia Trailer by Ken Ochalek