By Kenneth Jones
06 Mar 2013
According to A.C.T., "When Dean returns home from the war in the Middle East and hits the job market, he discovers that his superior military skills don't get him very far in the business world. His readjustment to non-bunker life begins by moving in with his aging parents and pregnant ex-(and soon-to-be current) wife. When he is offered a job as poster boy for a crusading politician on her own mission for 'truth and justice,' his military ethics collide with the unscrupulous world of national political campaigns — and he discovers that his unique skill set may be his best asset after all."
Dead Metaphor features George Hampe — making his A.C.T. debut — in the role of Dean Trusk, the returning soldier; Tom Bloom (Cyrano, Henry IV and Racing Demon on Broadway) as Hank Trusk, Dean's father; Rebekah Brockman (A Christmas Carol at A.C.T.; Blithe Spirit at California Shakespeare Theater) as Jenny Trusk, Dean's ex-wife; and Sharon Lockwood ('Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Government Inspector and Hedda Gabler at A.C.T.) as Frannie Trusk, Dean's mother. They are joined by A.C.T. core acting company members René Augesen (recent productions of Elektra, Once in a Lifetime and Clybourne Park at A.C.T.; Blithe Spirit at California Shakespeare Theater) and Anthony Fusco (recent productions of Elektra, The Homecoming and Clybourne Park at A.C.T.; Blithe Spirit at California Shakespeare Theater) in the roles of Helen Denny, the political extremist, and her more mild-tempered husband, Oliver Denny.
Performances continue at the Geary Theater, 415 Geary Street, San Francisco, through March 24.
Walker's plays include Love and Anger, Nothing Sacred, Zastrozzi: The Master of Discipline, Criminals in Love and the Suburban Motel plays, among others. He is a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2009, he received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
Irene Lewis is former artistic director of Baltimore's Centerstage. The creative team for Dead Metaphor includes scenic designer Chris Barreca, costume designer Lydia Tanji, lighting designer Alexander V. Nichols and sound designer Cliff Caruthers.
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