"Al and Homer: THE DRONE PLAY""
by Jerry Fishman
A WORLD PREMIERE directed by Penny Kline
TERRY RANDOLPH as Al Brown
BRENT DIRKSEN as Homer Ferguson
LYNNETTE BLANEY as Amanda Ferguson
AVIV HANNAN AS Nicole Ambel Lewis
DAVID KAMMINGA as Yamir Ribbons
JANET MOTENKO as The Clown
ABOUT THE SHOW:
"Al and Homer: THE DRONE PLAY"
by Jerry Fishman
Davis playwright takes unflinching look at U.S. drone warfare in Ovation Stage world premiere SACRAMENTO, California—Two U.S. Air Force drone pilots with diametrically opposed views face off in a conflict fraught with deadly worldwide ramifications, in a powerful new play making its world premiere July 30 at Ovation Stage.
Al and Homer: The Drone Play, by Davis poet, novelist and new playwright Jerry Fishman, will run through Aug. 21 at the R25 Arts Complex in midtown Sacramento. Penny Kline, Ovation Stage founder, veteran play director and longtime presence in Sacramento-area community theater, is director and producer. “From my very first reading of Al and Homer: The Drone Play, I knew it was a story that had to be told,” Kline said. “It is a relevant story reflecting the spirit of our times and the painfully polarized state of American life.
In the play, two young pilots, Al and Homer, work grudgingly side by side in an Air Force bunker outside Las Vegas, Nevada, where they guide missile-armed Predator drones to countries on the other side of the world, headed for terrorist targets detected by satellites and monitored in unseen command centers. The frequent imprecision of the emerging drone technology combines with human error and a military culture of bravado to create a recipe ripe for tragedy, with unlikely bedfellows Al and Homer at the center, pitted against each other.
Playwright Fishman, 82, retired in 2011 after teaching English composition and critical thinking for more than 30 years at Sacramento City College and for several years at Woodland Community College and Sierra College. MARK THESE DATES! July 30: Opening night includes ice cream social hosted by Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance July 31: Talkback with playwright Jerry Fishman after performance Aug. 6: Millitary members and veterans pay only $10 ($5 discount) In recent years, Fishman’s poems have appeared online at Camel Saloon and Surrealist Star Clustered Illuminations and in print in The Davis Anthology of Poetry, Yolo Crow, Off the Coast, Garbanzo Literary Journal and Sacramento Voices. He also has written two novels, How Nixon Taught America to Do the Kent State Mambo, about the 1970 National Guard killing of four university students, and 2059, a futuristic story of cyborgs in a deflating capitalist economy. Although he had experimented with playwriting just once before, Fishman decided that theater was the most appropriate vehicle for the story he wanted to tell. “Al and Homer: The Drone Play grew out of my feelings about the drone warfare we pursue in this country,” he said. “I see it as unjust, immoral and dehumanizing, and I wanted to shine a light on that through the personal lens of two very different guys who are at war with each other.”
Kline has known Fishman since 1973, when she was a student in his English class at Sacramento City College. The two ran into each other again at a Sacramento Poetry Center reading in 2013, when Fishman told her he was writing a play. Intrigued, she agreed in March 2016 to collaborate with him to bring his completed script to life at Ovation Stage. Al and Homer: The Drone Play marks the 15th play Kline has produced for Ovation Stage, an independent company she founded in 2012. Kline said Fishman’s play fits well with Ovation’s mission to present stories that are as timely and thought-provoking as they are engaging and entertaining.
Al and Homer: The Drone Play features Terry Randolph of Natomas as Al and Brent Dirksen of Lodi as Homer. The cast also includes Lynnette Blaney of Antelope, Aviv Hannan of Carmichael, David Kamminga of Clarksburg and Janet Motenko of Sacramento.
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2509 R Street (25th and R), Sacramento
JULY 30 - AUGUST 21
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