DC THEATRE SCENE – DC theater veterans Kerri Rambow and Fiona Blackshaw headline George is Dead, written by comedic icon Elaine May (Heaven Can Wait, The Birdcage). The one-hour play, opening December 3rd, will be the inaugural show from The Klunch, the new theater company launched by Cherry Red Productions co-founder Ian Allen. (“The klunch” is slang for the very 2015 condition of being sucked into an online or social media rabbit hole of an obsession.) Allen also serves as director of George is Dead.
In this dark comedy, Blackshaw plays Carla, a woman who is at home waiting up for her husband to come home following a nasty fight. Her evening is suddenly interrupted by an unexpected visitor – wealthy Doreen (Rambow), who is grappling with the sudden death of her own husband, the aforementioned George. The two women haven’t seen each other in years, but tensions arise from their common connection – Carla’s mother was Doreen’s nanny. The show is a humorous look at the class divisions and tension simmering just below the surface of the women’s relationship.
What attracted you to these roles?
Kerri: I was a very late addition to the cast, due to another actress breaking her arm unfortunately. Ian called me and I quickly read the script. I called him back within an hour and said, “Yep. I want it.”
She’s such an archetype. She’s one of those characters you don’t always get to play a lot. It’s a throwback to an old style, which I love. My immediate image was that of Elizabeth Ashley. This grand dame.
Doreen is very privileged She has married very well. It’s funny because the husband – I don’t think this is giving anything away considering the title – is dead. He has just died. And she never ever once talks about loving him. It’s more a matter of “Oh my God – now who’s going to take care of me?”
Fiona: Carla is an interesting one. She’s on a second marriage, which isn’t going well. She’s got an elderly mother she takes care of. She’s a woman who feels very put upon. And then Doreen shows up in her apartment and basically doesn’t leave. … (read more)