"The actors crackle with
un-self-conscious boldness... Its excellence is its matter-of-fact
handling of such desperate and intimate material. Even if you guess a
few twists before they come, you're unlikely to predict the pace
and plainness with which they're presented, and plain is rarely so
Benno Nelson, Time Out Chicago
"It's not exploitative in any
way--Colburn isn't rubbing our noses in depravity, just showing us
real people in real situations. ...It's exceptionally strong, always
fascinating to watch, and getting a first-rate production. ...I
highly recommend a trip to see it. But if you miss it, all is not
lost--the company is doing another of Colburn's plays, Hesperia,
come summer. I'll certainly be there."
Zev Valancy, On Chicago Theatre
2010 began with a bang with local playwright Randall Colburn's sexually charged story of identity and longing. Pretty Penny explores five individuals whose lives become intertwined, and subsequently deconstructed, through Penny - a fictitious character created by 19 year-old Victoria. Penny is Victoria's alter-ego when she picks up the telephone as a phone sex operator on a no-taboo line. What begins as an intriguing job and psychological experiment for young Victoria soon turns into a journey of self-discovery - not only for Victoria, but for Crystal, whose racy photos from the past serve as the face for Penny. Through the course of the play, the line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred, not only for Victoria and Crystal, but for the men in their lives as well, who are seeking a sense of emotional stability in the only ways they know how.
Pretty Penny marked the first 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: Michelle Carlene Roth
Tech Director: Anthony Ingram
Dramaturg: Jamie Bragg
Mime Coach: Elizabeth Bagby
Featuring: Katy Albert, Stephen Gawrit, Nick Mikula, Susan Myburgh, Josh Sumner, and Buck Zachary