May 15 - June 1, 2008
at The Off Center
Sundays at 5:00 pm
co-produced by Red Then Productions & Rude Mechanicals
written by Sherry Kramer
directed by Katie Pearl
starring Barbara Chisholm
Starring Barbara Chisholm and a 1964 bubble-cut Barbie in near mint condition, When Something Wonderful Ends explores the loss of one’s mother, America’s dependence on foreign oil, and Barbie dolls in an ingenious, whimsical, touching, funny, infuriating manner that only playwright Sherry Kramer could achieve. While packing up her parents’ home following the death of her mother, Sherry uncovers the treasure trove of Barbies from her baby-boom childhood while embarking on the homework of a lifetime: discovering the roots of Islamic hatred of America and our dependence on the oil in the Middle East. As a Jewish girl growing up in the epicenter of the Bible belt, Sherry knows a thing or two about religious fervor and the passions it engenders.
Rude Mechanicals is proud to support this production as part of our Rude Fusion co-production series.
Red Then Productions and Rude Mechs are supported in part by The City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from The Texas Commission on the Arts.