Theatre UNB’s final production of the 2015-16 season will be 7 Stories, a dark comedy by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Morris Panych. March 30-April 2.
A man is on the ledge of a tall apartment building, contemplating suicide. Then, all around him, windows begin to open and the residents of the seventh storey jolt him out of his existential crisis and draw him into their own alternately strange, sad, and hilarious stories. A couple who seek to enliven their romance by trying to kill each other, a dangerously paranoid psychiatrist, a religious fanatic who plays god with the lives of her downstairs neighbors, a washed-up actor who relinquishes his own identity to perform the “long run” role of a made-to-order husband to a wealthy bride, and an affluent socialite driven by the whims of constantly changing fashions to redesign her apartment for the eighteenth time are just some of the offbeat characters who populate the seven windows of the play’s set. Endlessly caught in the middle of the chaos, just when it seems the man has been driven to the brink, a strange intervention leads him to a surprising conclusion.
One of the most popular and frequently staged works by one of Canada’s leading playwrights (whose Vigil was staged last fall by Theatre New Brunswick), 7 Stories offers both wry and incisively cutting commentary on the alienation and loneliness of modern urban life, and the materialism and narcissism that leave so many of us bound within our own little stories, unable to communicate or interact meaningfully with one another.
7 Stories is directed by Len Falkenstein and features a cast of seven UNB Drama students. The play will be performed Wednesday, March 30th through Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30 PM nightly at Memorial Hall on the UNB campus. Tickets are available at the door, priced at $14 regular, $10 for seniors and the underemployed, and $8 for students. For more information, phone 447-3078, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook.com/TheatreUNB.