Parley Productions


Complications of Marriage, Parenthood, and Life

Parley Productions brings to the West of Linen Theatre a one weekend production that deepens the understanding of the determining factors of continuing on your legacy with children. Writer and director Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth tackles the trials and tribulations of marriage and parenthood in the dystopian-style production, Stamina. We follow along as Paloma (Katherine Jett) and Merrit (Brandon Tourino Collinsworth) face their ultimate decision and inevitable fate.


The Beasts Stir at West of Lenin

Dirty Beasts: rough plays in early development

In a moving, unconventional festival, Parley presents seven short plays, seven renditions of life’s most momentous and most mundane moments. Written by Katherine Jett, Dustin Hageland, drew david combs, n8 Heneghan, Carolynne Wilcox, Asha Dore and Carol Y. Lee, each of these new works tackles an unsurmountable beast, from mental health illnesses and identity crises to generational trauma and childhood memories. A good combination of complex themes and humor, I was at points captivated by the raw monologue of a character with schizophrenia and at others brought to laughter by a religious chicken’s musical performance.


The Oysterman’s House-A World Premiere

Your Mother is 72 going on 15

Parley Productions, produced a “micro-production” of The Oysterman’s House by Susan McNallly, at their University Heights space this weekend. A “micro-production” is a stripped down production with minimal props, set and costumes ( and indeed, in this micro-production, minimal actors) through a playwrights organization trying to make theatre accessible to all, by staging original works to a pay-what you can audience. Parley Productions seemed to have had a successful night because every seat was filled and the “micro-production” was an excellent show-case.


The Wild Hearted (A Parley Workshop Production)

The Wild Hearted, Parley’s 33rd workshop since 2014, played before a capacity audience 0f about 90 people at West of Lenin Monday evening. Four millenials plan a party to celebrate history in the making on Election Night, 2016. Spoiler alert: the history they witnessed unfolding was not the one they had gathered to celebrate. The roller-coaster electoral college results of this election night rip and tear at the thin affections these acquaintances hold for one another. The lines are funny and consistently land. With just 5 weeks of walk-throughs and scripts in hand, minimal props and a few deft sound cues, the play came fully to life. All the actors put emotion and movement into their performances.

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