Is Downtown verse playwright Kirk Wood Bromley beginning to inject his own persona into his plays? One might think so upon reading the plot of his latest, The Death of Don Flagrante Delicto, which will run Oct. 26-Nov. 19, at the Greenwich Street Theater in Manhattan. The title character is "an eccentric and maniacal genius" who writes fantastical plays with flamboyant titles like Aethelbert and Augustine. Sounds like a rough description of Bromley himself, who has been carpeting New York with ambitious, plot-heavy dramas and comedies for five years or so.
Not that Bromley is exactly like Don Flagrante. After all, the latter is a southern plantation owner near the end of the Civil War, a man guilty of planning the mass suicide of his family before the Union victory brings his way of life to an end. Those who think a verse drama might be boring, take note: the plot includes brutality, incest, a slave revolt and a play within a play.
Directing will be Howard Thoresen, while Chad Gracia is producer. The cast, which include a variety of Bromley regulars, includes Jesse Atlas, Alan Benditt, Tommy Diaz, Alex Farkas, Kathleen Hunt, Billie James, Russell G. Jones, Bob Laine, Julie Lund, Melanie Martinez, Matt Oberg, Dave Shalansky, Joshua Spafford, Darius Stone and Hank Wagner.
Past productions by Bromley's Inverse Theatre Company include The Death of Griffin Hunter, The American Revolution, and Midnight Brainwash Revival. The latter was published in Martin Denton's play anthology "Plays and Playwrights for the New Millennium."
Tickets are $12-$15. The Greenwich Street Theatre is located at 547 Greenwich Street in Manhattan. For more information call (212) 501-4528 or visit www.inversetheater.com. --By Robert Simonson