When the bonds that hold the family together are broken, twisted, or begin to dissolve, what is the shape of the thing that’s left? Is it still a family, something less, or something more? This spring, Pinky Swear Productions presents three plays, including two world premieres by D.C. playwrights, that ask this question in the most startling of ways.
Bleed by Renee Calarco (starring *Karen Lange and Francisco Reinoso) tells the story of a husband and wife playing the last round of a delicate game that’s defined their marriage.
Benched by Allyson Currin (starring *Toni Rae Salmi, Rebecca Ellis, and Karina Hilleard) is about three friends and mothers whose friendship is threatened when one of them confronts one of life’s powerful changes.
Smudge by Rachel Axler (starring *Melissa Hmelnicky, Brandon Cater, and *Shane Solo) explores the awful question that keeps expectant parents up at night: What happens if your child isn’t the perfect bundle of joy you hoped for? What if it comes out…wrong?
Smudge will be directed by Ryan Maxwell, of Pinky Swear’s Associate program. Matt Ripa will direct Benched and Bleed.
Behind the scenes article in The Washington Post
“Under Matt Ripa’s staging, the three actors ace the Washington-based Currin’s comic dialogue while lending emotional weight to characters that might come off as shallow.” Review by Jane Horwitz in The Washington Post
Review in DC Theatre Scene
Article about pre-production reading in Broadway World
Review of Smudge in DC Metro Theatre Arts