Written by Dan Dietz
Directed by Jason Neulander
Music by Phillip Owen and Dan Dietz
October 28 - November 19, 2005 at The Off Center
221-A Hidalgo Street
A new play by award-winning SVT resident playwright Dan Dietz. Big and Little Harpe were kids caught in the thick of the American Revolution. Now they’re all grown up and ready to launch a revolution of their own … against the democracy. Watch as their story collides with American rebels from George Washington to J. Robert Oppenheimer, all to the driving rhythm of rockabilly music.
Of Mice and Men meets Natural Born Killers meets your high school American History class taught by a Jerry Lee Lewis look-a-like. Americamisfit will have you tapping your feet while watching your back.
Featuring: Elizabeth Doss, Jenny Larson, Jason Newman, Garry Peters, Robert Pierson, Andrea Skola, Brent Werzner, and Travis York. Set by Chase Staggs.
Photos by Sarah Bork Hamilton
“Little more can be asked of a play, or a production, than to allow us to see the present in the glaringly bright and obvious light of the past.”
— Barry Pineo, Austin Chronicle
“Terrific moments pop out [of Amiericamisfit.] York’s Little Harpe is as intense and nuanced a performance as it gets. And as the crazed Roberts sisters who join the Harpes in their killing spree, Jenny Larson and Andrea Skola seem to shape-shift into a two-headed Medusa with eerie and humorous effect. … Dietz is a powerful, thoughtful writer with deft verbal timing.”
— Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American Statesman
“Brent Werzner gives his most nuanced performance to date as a mentally challenged giant … former Austinite Travis York adds to his list of wound-up, buckeyball characters. Jason Newman proves he could ply a second (or third) career as a rockablilly singer, Elizabeth Doss hits every note precisely as a literate beauty, Robert Pierson plays disparate historical figures … and Andrea Skola and Jenny Larson turn two monstrous women into scary comedy.”
— Micahel Barnes, Austin American-Statesman