Duncan, a bartender on the island of St. John, considers abandoning his current situation when Emily walks in and tells her life story, which includes spending 20 years searching for her disappeared fiance - who might just be Duncan. That's the plot of Drowning Sorrows, a new play by Douglas Post opening Nov. 15, at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theatre.
Other Douglas Post plays that world-premiered at Victory Gardens were the poetic mystery Earth And Sky, and the thriller, Murder In Green Meadows. A member of Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble, Post received the L. Arnold Weissberger Playwrighting Award.
Appearing in the Curt Columbus-directed Drowning Sorrows are Keli Garrett, Kate Goehring, Ken E. Head, John Judd and Andrew Leman. Costumes are by Margaret Morettini, sound by Lindsay Jones, lighting by David Gibson, and sets by Bill Bartelt.
First workshopped at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in 1994 (with the resulting staged reading brought to Russia for the 1995 Shelykova Playwrights Conference), Drowning Sorrows was performed as a radio play for Chicago Theatres On The Air. Harry Hamlin starred, as well as Martha Lavey and Paul Winfield.
Curt Columbus has directed plays for such Chicago venues as Angel Island, Zebra Crossing, Live Bait and the Goodman Studio. He currently directs the University Theatre Program at the University Of Chicago. For tickets ($23-$28) and information on Drowning Sorrows, which runs to Dec. 15, call (773) 871-3000. The production offers a half-price student rush one hour before curtain, as well as signed performances for the hearing impaired Nov. 29 and Dec. 11, with captioning Dec. 13 and 14.
-- By David Lefkowitz