Friday, February 10, 2012

A Trumpet Fanfare for "Elemeno Pea"

When the curtain fell on First Night of Elemeno Pea on February 3, the audience cheered and trumpets sounded!  That is, the audience clapped mightily during a standing ovation, and metaphorical trumpets sounded at the Cast Party, just across the way in the Wyndham Orange County’s new restaurant, The Silver Trumpet.

As they congratulated the playwright—Molly Smith Metzler, making her SCR debut—and all the Elemeno Pea artists, First Nighters enjoyed a clambake-themed party à la Martha’s Vineyard. Generously sponsored by the restaurant, the party was replete with sailboats, birds, shells and sand.  Strolling through the beach-y setting, guests sipped the signature drink, “Nantucket Red,” and feasted on lobster rolls, clam chowder, crab cakes and s’mores.

Honorary Producers Valerie and Geoff Fearns led the playgoers’ chorus of raves. “Molly is a phenomenal playwright and has such a gift for dialogue,” Geoff said.  Valerie added, “It was wonderfully written, directed and acted.  Tonight couldn’t have gone better, as displayed by the abundance of laughter and the standing ovation!

They were perfectly in sync with reviews, which followed in the days to come.  Leading the critics’ chorus was Backstage:  “Smart and sassy!  This splendid production represents an auspicious bow for (Marc) Masterson … SCR's new artistic director.”

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