By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Show dates: July 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 & 24, 2016
Rated PG-13 for some adult language and themes.
Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m. with Sunday shows at 2:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime. All seats are $12 (cash or check) with a limited number of upgrade seats available on a first come, first served basis at the door (premium seats are an additional $2). Reservations can be made at 317-750-6454, although walk-ins are always welcomed.
Venue: The Broadway United Methodist Church, 609 E. 29th St, Indianapolis 46205
Coming of Age-Family-Horror-Comedic Drama
In this award-winning, coming-of-age dramedy, 13-year-old Franklin Robertson is just trying to survive life in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. in the mid-1980s. He's overweight. He's sexually confused. He doesn't have friends. His overworked parents don't understand him. His jock older brother torments him nonstop. He'd rather write stories than go on dates (not that he could get a date). His great comfort comes from the Twinkies he eats and the horror movies he watches every Saturday night at midnight, on a black-and-white TV set in his basement, introduced by the horror host Dr. Cerberus. In fact, Franklin feels certain that Dr. Cerberus can save his misfit life…
The real horrors of the play aren’t the films that Franklin is obsessed with, but rather the daily terror of living in a family on the verge of imploding, as well as the twin global fears that dominated much of the 1980s: the threat of nuclear war and the fear of AIDS. “So, this family is trying to figure out their relationship with one another in a crazy time at the same time as this kid is trying to come to terms with his own issues,” playwright Aguirre-Sacasa says.
"In its darkest moments, DOCTOR CERBERUS sails into the deep waters of theater's favorite sea of tragedy, dysfunctional-family drama, and you realize what a cunning trick the playwright has performed: slipping a heartrending tragedy into the sleeve of a domestic comedy." —Orange County Register.
"Ever since Oedipus, the theater has known that there's nothing like family to spook us out. And home is certainly where the horror is in this sweet and canny portrait of the artist as a young fanboy…Doctor Cerberus takes you back to the moment all of us had to make a run for it, fleeing the ghost of an adolescent self, taking off into the unknown." —LA Times.
For additional information, contact John Kastner at 317-750-6454.