As the 19th Century became the 20th, Victorian Britons developed a strange burial fetish — a need for small bells, hung outside the grave and attached to strings inside the coffin, so that a person, buried alive, might be able to alert those outside to the mistaken interment. The Wooden Breeks, the latest work by Underneath the Lintel's Glen Berger, looks at this bizzare practice in a world premiere co-production by Atlanta's Actor's Express and Juneau's Perserverance Theatre.
The Wooden Breeks plays Atlanta April 4-May 5. Opening night is April 11.
In this comic fable, Miss Spoon is a bell saleswoman, who needs to only unload one last graveside device before she return home. Unfortunately, she chooses the famine-plagued village of Brood as her final stop and soon, the town becomes her final resting place. But is she really dead or just trying to demonstrate the necessity of her own bell devices? It's up to her lover, the lighthouse keeper, to find out before Miss Spoon really dies and the villagers manage to break into her strongbox full of money.
Berger's Underneath the Lintel continues to run Off-Broadway, after beginning performances at the Soho Playhouse Oct. 13, 2001. His other plays include Great Men of Science Nos. 21 & 22, I Will Go I Will Go and Bessemer's Spectacles.
Actor's Express Wier Harman directs. His cast includes Theo Harness (Chimney Bosch), Bill Murphey (Enry Leap), Joanna Daniel, Daniel May, Matt Stanton, Jessi Andary, Nathan Mobley, Andrew Bracken and Jennifer Crumbley-Bonder. Tickets are $25-$20 with preview tickets at $10. For reservations, call (404) 607-SHOW. Actor's Express is on the web at http://www.actorsexpress.com.
— By Christine Ehren