Red Eye of Love, according to press notes, is a "rollicking musical about a love triangle involving a young idealist, Wilmer Flange (Andrew Samonsky), a materialist and butcher, O.O Martinas (John Treacy Egan), and the girl they both love, Selma Chargesse (Betsy Wolfe). Their hilarious misadventures are set against a background of Boom Time War and Depression in America, so that the play becomes a panorama of the United States in the Twentieth Century."
Red Eye of Love was first produced as a straight play at The Living Theatre in 1961. It earned Wulp an OBIE Award as Best Director. Weinstein and Wulp began collaboration on the musical in the 1980’s. The book and lyrics were completed before Weinstein’s death in 2006, but it was not until Sam Davis came aboard this spring that the project jelled.
The upcoming production will also feature choreography by Alex Sanchez and set design by Robert Indiana.
Performances will continue through Aug. 4.
Reservations can be arranged at www.watermans.org or by calling (207) 867-2100.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.