Cottage Theatre produces world premiere play


Cottage Theatre will stage the world premiere production of Treehouse, a play presented under the auspices of the American Association of Community Theatre’s 2018 NewPlayFest. This riveting drama by award winning playwright Joe Musso was selected from a pool of 300 scripts submitted to the national competition. Treehouse opens August 10 and is the fourth production of Cottage Theatre's 2018 season.
Treehouse revolves around Shakespeare's most-quoted lines: "To be, or not to be, that is the question." Johnny and his pals would be typical 17-year-old boys, hanging out in Johnny’s treehouse and dreaming of talking to the beautiful Alana, were it not for Johnny insisting he is a 53-year-old man trapped in a teenage body. Johnny’s mom is a little worried. Out-of-the-blue her son is suddenly pulling straight A’s, keeping his room immaculate, and reading Shakespeare. As Johnny persists in his claim, and conversations in the treehouse become increasingly peppered by the words of the Bard, Johnny grapples with adolescence, love, and the mind's ability to heal from great loss. Through his budding friendship with Alana, Johnny discovers the life-affirming power of the eternal summer that shall not fade. At times poignant, at times humorous, Treehouse is a compelling drama that bridges the gap between adolescence and adulthood in beautifully unexpected ways.

Cottage Theatre's production of Treehouse is directed by Tara Wibrew, with set design by Kory Weimer, costume design by Chris Carter, and lighting design by Amanda Ferguson. The cast features Malakhai Schnell as Johnny and Clare McDonald as Alana, along with Blake Nelson, John Eckstine, Chelsey Megli, and Tracy Nygard.
Playwright Joe Musso lives in Birmingham, Alabama. His plays have been presented in numerous theatres and have won several awards. In addition to being named a winner in AACT's 2018 NewPlayFest, Treehouse is also the winner of the 2017 Todd McNerney National Playwriting Award sponsored by the College of Charleston and the winner of Centre Stage South Carolina’s 15th Annual New Play Festival. Centre Stage will mount a full-production of Treehouse March 26-27 and April 2-3, 2019, in Greenville, South Carolina. From March 28-May 19, 2019, Detroit Repertory Theatre will produce Joe's newest full-length play Aubrey in Detroit, Michigan. The Berkshire Theatre Group presented a staged reading of Aubrey on July 13, 2018, at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
 
Treehouse runs for eleven performances at Cottage Theatre from August 10 - 26
Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm. The play contains some mature themes and is recommended for teenage and adult audiences.
Tickets are available online at www.cottagetheatre.org, by phone at 541-942-8001, or in person at the Cottage Theatre Box Office, 700 Village Drive, Cottage Grove. Box Office hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and one hour before performances. All seating is reserved and advance purchase is recommended.