Blue Heron Theatre
Ardell Striker, Ph.D., Producing Artistic Director
Presents the Premiere of
By DEAN GRAY
Directed by WAYNE MAUGANS
Costume Design by MARTIN T. LOPEZ
Lighting Design: PAUL BARTLETT
Set Design: DANIEL ETTINGER
Sound Design: DAVID LAWSON
Choral Music Composed by ANDREW RINDFLEISCH
Production Stage Manager: SARAH FORD
Additional Music: COLIN HUGGINS
Assistant Stage Manager: SHAWNA E. CATHEY
Press Representative: JIM BALDASSARE
152 West 71st Street
February 10th - March 4th, 2007
In Dean Gray’s world premiere of UNCLE, an up and coming Manhattan composer finds a picture of a deceased uncle which gives him the courage to deal with his Midwest upbringing and his homosexuality. Amidst a budding romance, Brent (Brian Patacca) unearths the troubled history of his family enhanced by the conservatism of both the region and the times (1960's). As Brent’s story intertwines with that of his uncle, secrets are revealed, choices are made, and second chances are offered.
UNCLE is a poignant play that beautifully brings home the pain of not being accepted by those about whom you care deeply. Nancy McDoniel masterfully portrays a sister and a mother who learns that what you fear most usually ends up finding you. Richard Bowden (the uncle’s “friend”’) depicts the generation that bravely paved the way, and Darren Lougee hovers as the spirit of the distressed uncle whose memory infuses family and friends with the courage and inspiration that he was unable to muster up for himself. James Heatherly is so sublime in his performance as the romantic interest that you want to take him home with you. This is truly a dream cast.
UNCLE is a masterpiece in its ability to subtly wrap you up in an evolving story with multi-layers of life lessons. Gray’s characters are so believable and empathetic that by play’s end you are regarding them as treasured family members. Those thinking they are coming to see yet another play about the struggles of being gay will be pleasantly surprised in the complexity of this work.
- Laurie Lawson -