The curtain rises on Reston Community Players’ production of “Superior Donuts” next week.
The comedy kicks off Reston Community Players’ first show of the year by taking audiences on a visit to a small donut shop in Chicago’s historic and diverse Uptown neighborhood.
What’s the show about? Reston Community Players gave this plot description:
Arthur Przybyszewski (Michael Kharfen), a burnt-out hippie owner of a fading Chicago donut shop, has lost interest in life because of guilt over avoiding military service and a failed marriage. When a charismatic young African-American man named Franco Wicks (Bryce Monroe) talks his way into a job, Arthur begins to recover his spark. He encourages Franco’s goal of publishing the next Great American novel. When the would-be novelist’s past catches up with him, Arthur finds more than his livelihood may be in danger. A comedy-drama from the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Letts of “August: Osage County,” “Superior Donuts” explores the challenges of accepting the past and the redemptive power of friendship.
Director Seth Ghitelman said he wants people to come away from the show with a better understanding of what it means to be a friend and to be an American.
“On the surface, it’s a funny play about a rundown donut shop in Chicago and the characters that pass through, but on a deeper level, it speaks about the people in a community that is going through changes,” he said.
Ghitelman says the play embodies the American Dream and the American experience. “We share a common dream that success is available to everyone, and I think it is the right time to remember what we Americans share in common and embrace, not repulse, the diversity of our people,” Ghitelman said.
The full cast is the following:
- Tel Monks as Max Tarasov
- Mattie Cohan as Officer Randy Osteen
- Matthew McCarthy as Officer James Bailey
- Sally Cusenza as Lady Boyle
- Michael Kharfen as Arthur Przybyszewski
- Bryce Monroe as Franco Wicks
- Ian Brown as Luther Flynn
- Michael King as Kevin Magee
- Tice Rust as Kiril Ivankin
Performances will be held at the Reston Community Center’s CenterStage (2310 Colts Neck Road) at 8 p.m. on Jan. 18, Jan. 19, Jan. 25, Jan, 26, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2. A matinee will be held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 27.
A champagne reception will follow the show on its opening night next Friday (Jan. 18).
Parents, be advised: the production is rated PG-13 for language and violence.
Photos via Reston Community Players