Extremities opens at the Laboratory Theater Friday, November 2. The play is not for the faint-hearted. Replete with violent sexual content and adult language, the Associated Press describes the drama as “a searing play about rape.” It’s that, and much more.
On a basic level, the play explores the breaking point at which we are all capable of casting aside civility and succumbing to unbounded, unfettered violence.
Susan Sarandon, Lauren Hutton, and Farrah Fawcett have all starred in this incredibly gripping drama about a young woman who is attacked in her own home by a rapist. Circumstances enable her to thwart the attack and turn the tables on her attacker, and that is when her dilemma really begins. Should she merely turn the rapist over to the authorities with the risk that they may very well may set him free, or should she deliver her punishment of her own?
Veteran local actress and News-Press social columnist (“The Downtown Diva”), Stephanie Davis is making her directorial debut with Extremities. “It’s a show I’ve always been fascinated with,” she says. “When Marjorie, the victim, turns the tables on her would-be rapist, lines between good and evil begin to blur and the audience is taken on a thought-provoking, often terrifying ride that’s full of surprises.”
“For the actors, especially the ones playing Marjorie, the victim, and Raul, the rapist – it’s a true tour de force of emotion, violence, and mind games,” explains Davis.
Tera Nicole Miller, who has acted in several shows with Theatre Conspiracy (“Dead Man’s Cell Phone”, “Boom”, “The Play About the Baby” and “Medea”), and recently performed in “The Polish Joke” with Lab Theater, tackles the role of Marjorie, while Timothy Gunderman takes on Raul. Gunderman garnered rave reviews in Lab Theater’s latest production of “Othello”and also starred in “The Vibrator Play” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
Rounding out the cast are Tiffany Allen Campbell who has worked with Theatre Conspiracy and Florida Repertory Theatre and Angel Duncan, making her Southwest Florida stage debut. Duncan has acted with a variety of theatres in Texas, California, and more.
Says Davis, “There’s quite a bit of extreme violence and use of weaponry in Extremities, so we were very fortunate to have professional fight choreographer and actor Greg Longenhagen join the team.” To date, Longenhagen has created over 50 fights for professional theatres including The Mountain Playhouse, St. Vincent Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre, and many more.
Extremities was written by William Mastrosimone, who is known for successful plays like The Woolgatherer, Shivaree, and the award-winning television mini-series, Into The West) and was directed by the legendary Jon Jory in 1981 at the Fifth Annual Festival of New American Plays at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Extremities made its Off-Broadway debut in 1982 with Susan Sarandon, James Russo, and Ellen Barkin. The play is best known for being made into a 1986 film starring Farrah Fawcett in the leading role, along with Russo and Alfre Woodard.
Performance dates for Extremities are
- Friday, Nov. 2 (8 p.m.)
- Saturday, Nov. 3 (8 p.m.)
- Thursday, Nov. 7 – Saturday, Nov. 10 (8 p.m.)
- Sunday, Nov. 11 (2 p.m.)
- Thursday, Nov. 15 – Saturday, Nov. 17 (8 p.m.)
- Sunday, Nov. 18 (2 p.m.)
Tickets are available through the website www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com for $20 for adults, $12 for students with a valid ID, and, on Thursdays, $18.50 for seniors. Reservations may also be made at 239.218.0481.