Monsters of the Midwest is a play cycle by Adin Lenahan examining the complex nature of nostalgia and Americana in an ever-changing political and social climate, exposing cracks in even the most wholesome of regions. It includes Brother to the Missing, Pilgrim Notes, and Asher Rhys Got Married Too Young.
Upcoming Production: Fall 2016.
BROTHER TO THE MISSING
4M, 4F, 1E
Brother to the Missing is a play about the legacy of lies through family lines, and how we behave within our community to hide the cracks in our homes. It follows the Travis family, specifically Silas, whose brother Brody was kidnapped in 1995. Silas navigates his way through memory, dates and conspiracy theories in an effort to understand the fall of his family.
A solo show about settling and esteem, and how easy it is to fall for somebody when they're on death row. Jasper Lange is a motherless young southerner who begins a correspondence with Brando Gierke (called The Yankee Devil), a Dahmer-esque serial killer who murdered Jasper's one-time middle school boyfriend (the only man Jasper has ever touched). The piece explores the fallout within Jasper's small Louisiana town over Jasper's relationship with Gierke, the implications of a death penalty, and living in the space between giving up and giving in.
ASHER RHYS GOT MARRIED TOO YOUNG
6M, 6F, 4E
Asher Rhys got married when he was 18 to Jack Skemp, the first man who ever looked at him twice. By 26, Asher is a widower and raising Calla Skemp, Jack's daughter with a woman named Rebecca. Asher struggles to see Calla as his own child, particularly when Calla starts claiming to see and speak with ghosts. In an effort to both pacify and appease his "daughter," Asher agrees to let Calla participate in a documentary about psychic children. This decision leads Asher on a journey haunted by the ghosts of his childhood home, and the woods surrounding it, in order to save the daughter he isn't sure he loves.