The current show at the Kitchen Theatre is called ARCHAEOLOGY. It is a world premiere by playwright Rachel Axler. Axler’s day job is writing for tv - she was until recently the only woman writer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and is now writing for a new NBC sitcom, Parks & Recreation, featuring Amy Poehler. But she started out in theater and is interested in that medium as well.
ARCHAEOLOGY features the youngest cast we’ve had at the Kitchen in a while. Two actors are in their early twenties, and the other two are Ithaca College theater students. It’s a funny, weird & wacky story that involves time travel and mathematics but is at the heart a story about 20-somethings finding themselves.
There’s not a whole lot of music in the show, though Ithaca College student Ben Truppin-Brown has made a cool soundscape for the play. There was, however, a music video made! Two of the characters in the play have a garage band, and they mention lyrics to one of their songs. It just so happens that Jake Paque, an actor in the play, is also a musician, and he took it upon himself to write the song! It’s a really infectious, fun tune, and it only seemed right that it should have a music video to go with it. So we assembled the cast on the set, brought in a mannequin that features prominently in the play, and filmed a video. It has pretty much nothing to do with the play, but it was a lot of fun to do and it does gives a sense of the young actors and zany world of the play. You can take a look at it http://kitchentheatre.org/IWannaExplore.html and read more about the play at http://kitchentheatre.org/Archaeology.html.