By Brendan Millburn, Rachel Shenkin, and Valerie Vigoda
Directed by Catie O'Donnell
Music Direction by Erin McConnell
"The talent is exceptional...mesmerizing." - The Isthmus Click here to read the full review.
"Intimate, moving, and hilarious." - Madison Magazine Click here to read the full review.
PARENTAL ADVISORY INFORMATION:
STRIKING 12 is completely free of profanity, violence, and other potentially offensive themes. The plot and content are best enjoyed by ages 10 and up, but can be enjoyed by younger kids too. Running time is one hour and ten minutes.
Kids ARE allowed in The Brink Lounge, as the performance will take place in the back performance area. A full menu and bar will be available at the December 29 and 30 performances.
"Doesn't anybody need some light tonight?"
On New Year’s Eve, an over-worked and under-inspired single guy who’s had enough of holiday cheer makes a resolution: to stay home and go to bed early. On another New Year’s Eve, a continent away—and more than a century earlier—Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Match Girl tries unsuccessfully to sell her matches in the snow. The two stories are brought together when a young woman selling special “full-spectrum holiday light bulbs” to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder shows up at the grumpy man’s door. Though the man (who probably could use the bulbs) seems to enjoy the young woman’s company, he sends her away. It’s not until he reads “The Little Match Girl” that he is finally pulled out of his funk. All of this unfolds through a tuneful pop/rock/jazz score played by the actors themselves.
Featuring Erin McConnell (The Girl/Piano), Desmond Hawkins (The Man/Drums), Jason McPherson (Various roles/Guitar), and Julia McConahay (Various roles/Violin).