The show must go on. That’s certainly the mantra of The Merrillvelle Merry Art Players, who are launching their 22nd season with a classic Christmas play, SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT, a 1950s melodrama that finds the suburban Burling family held hostage by two escaped criminals.
But it’s not the Burling family who suffers a long night. It’s the actors playing them. 19 of the 23 cast members are out due to flu, but the remaining cast members are determined to persevere, along with the help of several last minute replacements. What could go wrong? Everything! What follows is a hilarious farce filled with out-of-sync sound cues, missing props, and plenty of mishaps. Think NOISES OFF! with a Christmas tree.
With a script by the co-creators of the hit film Meet the Parents, SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT is a hysterical Holiday comedy that will have audiences roaring with laughter. The comedy had its World Premiere in Los Angeles in 2008. Agape Actors Co-Op’s production of it will be the show’s Texas Premiere.
SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT will be directed by Jeff Davis, Agape Actors Co-Op’s Associate Artistic Director and the Director of Agape’s recent production of SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS. “I was fortunate enough to catch the World Premiere production of SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT in Los Angeles back in 2008,” says Davis, “and I distinctly remember laughing so hard I cried. The only thing better than good theater is making fun of bad theater. SUFFER THE LONG NIGHT does just that for two hours. There’s no big, profound statement on life or the human condition. It’s just pure entertainment, and I think during the stressful time of the Holiday season, that’s what audiences want to see. I can’t wait to share this extraordinarily funny show with Central Texas audiences, and I think people are going to love it just as much as I do.”
WHO: Agape Actors Co-Op
WHAT: Suffer the Long Night by Mary Ruth Clarke and Greg Gilenna, directed by Jeff Davis
WHEN: December 11th – December 21st Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm
WHERE: Eastview High School Black Box Theatre (4490 E. University Ave, Georgetown TX 78626)
TICKETS: 21.75 for Adults, 16.75 for Students and Seniors
BOX OFFICE: http://agapeactors.com/tickets or by calling 512-88-STAGE