Creative License is excited to present the regional premiere of the play "Maple and Vine", written by Jordan Harrison and directed by Casey Polomaine. Performed at the Albany Barn at 56 Second Street in Albany, the show will open Friday, March 1st and run the 2nd, 7th, 8th and 9th. All performances will begin at 7:30pm
Katha and Ryu have become allergic to their 21st-century lives. After they meet a charismatic man from a community of 1950s re-enactors, they forsake cell phones and sushi for cigarettes and Tupperware parties. In this compulsively authentic world, Katha and Ryu are surprised by what their new neighbors - and they themselves - are willing to sacrifice for happiness.
"I think everyone feels a little bit like they've been on a rollercoaster the last few years," says director and Creative License co-founder Casey Polomaine about the play, "and this play really taps into that desire for a sense of normalcy and community." As the story unfolds, the young couple, Katha and Ryu, walk away from the constant barrage of sensory overload of the 21st century to live in a place where it is always 1955.
Soon, though, the realities of life in the 1950s begin to create their own complications as Katha and Ryu learn that it isn't just the warmth and community of the time that are emulated. As a Japanese American, Ryu is confronted with prejudice in ways he is unaccustomed to, while Katha adjusts to being a stay at home housewife.
Ben Katagiri, who was last seen in the Company's 2013 production of "I Am My Own Wife" plays Ryu, and Meigg Jupin, who appeared in last year's supernatural thriller "Mine" plays Katha. Brigitta Giulianelli and Evan Jones, as well as Creative License new-comer Christian Leahy, round out the cast.
"It really raises questions about our proneness for nostalgia," adds Polomaine. "What are you willing to give up, and what are you willing to accept, for peace of mind?"