The Resting Place
|James Carpenter as Mitch (Jennifer Reiley)|
By Ashlin Halfnight
Directed by Jessica Holt
Until Nov 4, 2018
Such is the premise of The Resting Place, an emotional pressure chamber of a play that explores how members of a middle-class family, the Jacksons, each cope with the sudden tragedy of a family member who has committed suicide in the wake of public exposure of his repeated acts of pedophilic abuse.
|Martha Brigham and Emilie Talbot (Jennifer Reiley)|
Intent on planning a memorial service, Annie wants to creates a photo board of photos as if assembling a jigsaw puzzle of the Travis she remembers...but the the biggest piece is missing: how Travis has hurt and traumatized several boys. When Mitch brings home Charles, one of Travis’s victims who is now trying to piece his life together, Annie cannot bear listening and continues in her imbalanced denial.
|James Carpenter, Emilie Talbot, Emily Radosevich, Martha Brigham (Jennifer Reiley)|
The Resting Place could have been tightened in many areas, and some of the characters’ actions seemed either pat or incongruous. Nevertheless, the swirl of complex emotions is intense, creating a visceral experience that will be remembered after the words echo away. Despite the connections in our life, how we deal with tragedy is personal and very lonely.
The Resting Place
James Carpenter - Mitch
Emilie Talbot - Angela
Emily Radosevich - Macy
Martha Brigham - Annie
Wiley Naman Strasser - Liam
Andrew LeBuhn - Charles
Edward T. Morris - Scenic Design
Sara Huddleston - Sound Design
Shelby-Lio Feeney - Costume Design
Wen-Ling Liao - Lighting Design
Dates: October 10 – November 4, 2018
Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday – Saturday at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., Building D, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94123
Tickets: Online: MagicTheatre.org
Phone: (415) 441-8822