Ransom, Texas at Circle Theatre
- When: Sunday, November 7, 2010, time TBA
- Where: Circle Theatre, Carmel
- Cost: Not available
- Age limit: Not available
San Francisco playwright Wiliam Bivins has won numerous playwriting competitions, including eight SF Fringe Awards and the Nantucket Short Play Competition, and had more than six screenplays optioned. So it's little surprise that he's won PacRep's 2009 Hyperion Project Playwriting Contest with his play Ransom, Texas, a story in which a father, Vern (Will Marchetti) and son, Bruce (Michael Navarra), come together to celebrate the sale of the family's West Texas business, but the celebration turns to incrimination and "psychic warfare" over the contract when Bruce locks them both in a room to finalize the deal. The overheated situation is fueled by bourbon, during which deep-seated secrets are dredged up. It's a well-tested concept, most recently sent up by Family Guy's Stewie and Brian, but it forces the action. And with Kenneth Kelleher directing and the Equity actors trading blows, it promises some incendiary sparks. It runs through Nov. 14. [WR]
7:30pm Thu-Sat; 2pm Sun. Circle Theatre, Casanova between Eighth and Ninth , Carmel. $16-$35. 622-0100. http://www.pacrep.org/.