On Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16, Creative 360 will host the hilarious play written by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy, Parallel Lives. Under Adam Gardner-Northrop’s direction, Ashley Potts and Trena Winans assume multiple characters and personalities in this comedy sketch riot. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. both days. The show is for adults only. Tickets are available from the Creative 360 website (www.becreative360.org) or by phone 989-837-1885. They are $12 prepaid; $15 at the door. BYOB.
In the opening scene of Parallel Lives, Potts and Winans are Supreme Beings planning the beginning of the world with the relish of two slightly sadistic suburban wives decorating a living room. Once they’ve decided on the color scheme of the races, a little concerned that white people will feel slighted being such a boring color, they create sex and the sexes. Afraid women will have too many advantages, the Beings decide to make childbirth painful and to give men enormous egos as compensation.
From this moment, the audience is whisked through an outrageous universe where two actresses play men and women struggling through the common rituals of modern life: teenagers on a date; sisters at their grandmother’s funeral; and a man and a woman together in a country-western bar. With boundless humor, Parallel Lives reexamines the ongoing quest to find parity and love in a contest handicapped by capricious gods—or in this case, goddesses.
“…a romp with a feminist sensibility; Above all, PARALLEL LIVES is a smart, provocative show.” —Variety.
Director Adam Gardner-Northrop is super geeked to finally direct at creative 360. “Thanks so much to Ashley and Trena for agreeing to accept these many challenging roles…and for spending the time to memorize all those lines,” he said. “You ladies are rock stars!”
Ashley Potts is excited to return to Creative 360 after performing last summer in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is enjoying working with the uber-talented Adam and Trena and the challenge of creating a whole new cast of characters for Parallel Lives.
Trena Winans has a personal mission to play the greatest diversity of roles in Midland theatre history. She feels this show is a perfect opportunity to broaden her repertoire. Already having played a perennially youthful boy, snake charmer, Broadway dancer, and lascivious pregnant woman, she can now add drunk barfly, prostitute, angel, and clownfish among others. Juggling multiple roles comes naturally to Trena since in real life, she plays mother, girlfriend, educator at Senior Services, and Zumba instructor.