"EXPERIMENTING WITH KATZ"
Staged Reading: November 9th, 2017
Presented by Janet Botero & The Roly Polys
"To say a little bit of magic happened last night would be an understatement. A slightly toasty theatre did not stand in the way of this beautiful, moving and funny (dare I say hilarious?) play, Experimenting With Katz. The audience and cast were in sync from the top and took a wonderful ride together. The company is stellar (that's what happens when everybody has a great role) and the event/party was perfectly presented. But my biggest shout out goes to the founder of our feast David Adam Gill. I so look forward to watching as he continues on his journey as a playwright. Discover his plays. Cherish his characters. Read him now. See him now. This guy is the real deal." ~ John Robert Tillotson
Photos by the magnigficent Al Foote III: http://alfoote3photography.com/
Michael Katz has a problem: he's just come out of the closet, and it's not going particularly well. First, his mother shows up unexpectedly in the midst of a snowstorm to ambush him with (among other things) the daughter-in-law of her dreams. Then his best friend selfishly decides to start putting her own needs above his (and it's still snowing)! On top of everything, the one person who's willing to put up with him is the only person he doesn't want anything to do with (at least that's what he keeps telling himself), leaving Michael to wonder, is this really the course of true love, or is it some social experiment gone horribly wrong? And why won't it stop snowing?!!
Michael Katz has come out to his mother for a second time, the first time not having gone well and driven him to a nervous breakdown. This time, though, his mother arrives in town on a mission to make certain he gets "fixed"- doing whatever it takes. Set in Chicago in the midst an unseasonable blizzard, "Experimenting with Katz" deals with issues of coming out, and the repercussions from family and friends, and through comedy, highlights the absurdity of those whose who use their ignorance about the LGBT community as a justification for their actions, while ultimately proving harmful to the very people they love.
MICHAEL KATZ, a man in his mid 30's, a visual artist
ADELE STROBE, a woman in her mid 30's, Michael's close friend
KEVIN BROCCOLI (ELLA VADER), a man in his early 30's, a Gender Illusionist
RUSSELL DUNHILL, a man in his late 30's, a meteorologist
KATHERINE "KITTY" KATZ, a woman in her late 50's, Michael's mother
"EXPERIMENTING WITH KATZ"