‘Futureproof’ brings ‘Odditorium’ to Players stage

Friday, May 11, 2018 4:39PM

“Futureproof” by Irish playwright Lynda Radley has its New England premiere May 17-20 on the Peterborough Players stage.

“Futureproof,” which debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, introduces us to the world of Riley’s Odditorium, where we meet a bevy of what were once referred to as “sideshow freaks”—an armless bearded woman (Wendy Almeida), a mute mermaid (Heather McCormack), a hugely fat man (Chris McCartie), a pair of Siamese twins (Tara Sabino and Emma Keating), and a hermaphrodite (Kimberley Miller).

Amidst extreme financial difficulty due to dwindling interest, Riley (Bert Torsey) feels that the best way to garner revenue is to change the show’s theme and eradicate the troupe’s individual “oddities” – and via drastic measures. As he springs this upon his Odditorium performers, each is caught in their own personal quandary. As with any of us, what does one do when what they know is no more?

Says Kimberley Miller, “I’m drawn to this play because of how it speaks to achieving love of one’s self and one’s individuality.” Adds director Mia Moravis, “For example, the character of Countess Marketa is exemplary, loving who she is, knowing who she is, and understanding her own power and impact.” Inherent in the script is that the audience will espy the closeness, friendship and love the characters have for each other, as well as the typical scuffles and resulting humor of varied strident personalities. Moravis says, “The playwright feels that this play is a reflection of the modern-day obsession with celebrity resemblance, and the seeking of physical perfection.” She continues, “There is a spectre of nonacceptance looming over us still. In “Futureproof,” some of the characters are tempted by the chance to finally fit in, though all of them are wary – if each’s “peculiarity” is removed, will their individuality be next?”

Showtimes are May 17-19 at 7:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. matinee on May 20.Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling (603) 924-3876,or by emailing actorscircle@gmail.com.