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2015 Capital Fringe Preview #30: ‘A Family Reunion’ by Larry Blossom

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Abducted and missing for fifteen years, Sarah and Joey miraculously return home to their family. Is it a cause for celebration or the beginning of a new tragedy?

Dana Maas and Ben Harris.

Dana Maas and Ben Harris.

Raised apart in captivity, both are very different adults than they would have been. Sarah is now an extremist fundamentalist who grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere where she was fed a steady diet of anti-Semitism and fear of the outside world.

Joey is a self-made porn star and male escort and proud of it. His time in captivity is a mystery to be unraveled. Although they may seem to be polar opposites, perhaps they have more similarities than meets the eye. Furthermore, the lives of their famous parents and a sister who the tabloids refer to as “the one who wasn’t abducted” have continued for all these years, eclipsed by the mystery of their disappearance.

The fast-paced action begins with Sarah’s rescue and return to her own family. Too traumatized to remember them, they are now strangers to her.  She finds herself surrounded by the type people she learned to despise: a mixed race family with immodest clothing, modern conveniences, and improper habits. And then her brother, strident and provocative, reappears. And he has an axe to grind.

A Family Reunion explores the internal beacon that frequently calls us to return home. Heartwarming, heartbreaking, and often hilarious, it looks at how age, race, gender, and sexual orientation can propel us into strikingly diverse futures, not always of our own making. It boldly asks: “Can the love of family heal?” and “Why do all lives matter?”

Larry Blossom

Playwright Larry Blossom.

Playwright: Larry E. Blossom
Co-Directed by: Patrick Joy and Larry E. Blossom

Featuring: Ben Harris, Dana Maas, Yvonne Paretzky, Bill Willburn, Carolyn Burke, Peter O’Shanick, Guiselle Ramirez-Lema, Konstantine James, and Jamie Crowne.

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PERFORMANCES AT:

Atlas Performing Arts Center:  Lab II – 1333 H Street, NE, in Washington, DC  20002

Thursday, July 9th at 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 11th at 2:15 pm
Sunday, July 19th at 6:45 pm
Friday, July 24th at 10:15 pm

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FOR TICKETS, CALL (866) 811-4111, OR PURCHASE THEM ONLINE.

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