“Spotlight on Local Playwrights” tells story of loss & love in Man Defeats Nature

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Edmonds Driftwood Players is proud to offer an annual “Spotlight on Local Playwrights” that features the work of playwrights in the Pacific Northwest. This season’s spotlight is on Christopher Bailey and his moving play Man Defeats Nature, running March 17-26, 2016. Not only is the playwright based locally, but so is the play.

Man Defeats Nature tells the story of a family whose adult son has yet to be recovered a year after the eruption of Mount St. Helen. The play touches on heartache, moments of joy, the desperate need to hope, and the choice to move on. Filled with compassion, frustration, and event humor, Man Defeats Nature is a heartfelt and relatable story that Driftwood is thrilled to present.

The Man Defeats Nature production team, led by director Nikki Fey-Burgett, has had the rare opportunity of having the playwright close-by for some collaboration. When asked about being included in the production process with his play, Christopher Bailey says,

 “Watching this play come to life in Nikki's hands is like watching Dr. Frankenstein flip the switch then proclaim, ’It's alive. It's ALIVE!’” Seeing auditions and rehearsals was fun and enlightening; fun when my play takes its first steps; enlightening when I learn things about the characters I couldn't see when I created them.”

Two post-show Q/A’s with the playwright, director and cast have been scheduled after performances on Friday, March 18th and Thursday, March 24th. The audience is invited to chat with the team for a deeper look into the production process from writing the play to taking the stage.

The cast of Edmonds Driftwood Players’ Man Defeats Nature includes Danette Meline, Dan Niven, Asa Sholdez, and Annie St. John. All wonderfully talented actors Driftwood is proud to have returning to the Wade James stage.

About the Playwright: Christopher Bailey has written numerous plays, including “Mandrake and the Marsh People” and “Man Defeats Nature,” and recently completed “Magic Bullet,” his multi-chambered epic about the Kennedy assassination and its ongoing impact on America.

Performances: March 17-26, 2016 Thursday -Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm

Performances are at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St, Edmonds.

All tickets are $15.00. Purchase tickets online or by phone 425-774-9600 option 3.


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