Sun, 4 May 2014
By Jez Butterworth
Directed by Jeff Knupp
On St. George's Day, the morning of the local, Johnny "Rooster" Byron, local waster and modern day Pied Piper, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an , his son, Marky wants his dad to take him to the fair, Troy Whitworth wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of mates want his ample supply of .
Strollerâ€™sbe presenting one of the productions of Jez Butterworthâ€™s smash hit: â€œJerusalemâ€. This raucous, profane, poignant, and controversial comedy/drama homes in on a section of the English population that might be termed the â€œsilent majorityâ€, those living outside the metropolitan centers whose unglamorous existences have pushed them to the margins. Make no mistake: Johnny Byron is not silent. Heâ€™s a former stunt motorcycle dare devil turned village neâ€™er-do-well, and itâ€™s to his shabby, trailer-home in the middle of the woods that all kinds of drifters, disaffected teens, clueless yokels, and an ex-wife keep flocking. In search of what? Illicit late-night raves? Drugs? These things for sure, but also something more intangible: a sense of belonging, and an inexplicable relationship with a spirit of native wildness that stands in defiant opposition to the forces of law, order and â€œprogress.â€ Johnny is an intimation of something genuinely wild, a force thatâ€™s escaped the ever tightening strictures of what passes for civilization. Change the accents from British to American, and you could find yourself deep in rural Wisconsin.
Performances: May 9-31, 2014
: $20; $15 seniors, students & Theatre members; group rates
Call 608-661-9696 x2 for reservations or more information.