Conceived and performed by Stacy Mayer, the production will officially open Nov. 15 and continue through Dec. 13. Molly Marinik directs.
Funeralogues was written by Robert Charles Gompers. The play, according to press notes, is a "darkly comedic look at the inside of funeral homes, funeral rituals and one woman's personal obsession with death. The evening uses actual text from real life eulogies including a tribute to soldiers lost in Afghanistan as remembered by a member of The Casualty Assistance Calling Operations, a eulogy for the performers' own grandfather, a fireman's eulogy read by a Minnesota school teacher, a eulogy delivered by Martin Luther King, Jr. for three child victims of a Birmingham church bombing, and even a humorous eulogy that a six year old imparts for her headless Barbie. Find out the not so certain answer to the uneasy question we all ask: 'What they will say at my funeral?'"
The play was workshopped at Emerging Artists Theatre's One Woman Standing Festival in 2007.
Actress Stacy Mayer is the artistic director and founder of Manhattan Comedy Collective. She was seen Off-Broadway in The Play About the Naked Guy.
Robert Charles Gompers' others works include The Long Ride Home (Best Play and Best Ensemble at the 2008 Fresh Fruit Festival); Once Upon a Time; Honor, Respect, Tradition; Neurasthenia (a nervous breakdown); Museum – a Herstorical comedy; and Nothing, among others. All Souls Chapel is located at 1157 Lexington Avenue, between 79th and 80th Streets in Manhattan. Tickets, priced $25, are available by calling (212) 352-3101.
For more information visit www.funeralogues.com.