The Visual & Performing Arts (VAPA) Department at Raritan Valley Community College will present "As Bees in Honey Drown," a play by Douglas Carter Bean, Nov. 4-7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Welpe Theatre.
The play follows twenty–something Evan Wyler, a New Yorker savoring the success of his debut novel. Evan captures the attention of Alexa Vere de Vere, a woman of mystery who's made the world of celebrity her home. She wants Evan to write the screenplay of her life story.
“It’s kind of like a bit of a dark comedy,” said John Gorscak, RVCC Adjunct Assistant Professor and director of the play. “It’s about a women (Alexa) who deceives a lot of people. She leaves her small town in Pennsylvania and moves to New York City. She sort of assumes a different name, different personality. She cons primarily men but a lot of people to make her self noted, rich and famous, but she ends up ripping people off and she cons one person after another with her insatiable desire to have attention and be involved in the fashion industry, the music industry and entertainment industry.”
Technical direction is by David Porter and Kenny Savoy. The cast, made up of RVCC students, includes Bryna Parker, Mathew Rooney, Morgan Tarrant, Nate Pickens and Maxwell Lemon.
“Well when I directed it in New York I just liked it. I just thought it was extremely well written, very witty and cleaver and humorous,” said Gorsack. “I just thought it would be a good acting challenge for the students at Raritan Valley.”
Gorsack says the play is not typically done at colleges. “It’s not in the order of a Neil Simon that has been done a hundred zillion times.”
Gorscak hopes the public comes out to see the hard work the students put into the play, but gave a warning about doing so. “I think it’s very well written. It’s clever. If you have an interest in show business at all, you know, it touches on the sort of seamier side of show business in a way. People who have a fascination with that kind of a thing, then they would enjoy it.”
Now here is the warning: “It’s not for kids. There is profanity in it and some sort of sexual innuendos. It’s not for really anyone under, I would think, late teens. I don’t want parents walking in with their 7 year old and thinking its bees in honey that could be really fun. It’s not. It’s a really sophisticated play.”
As Bees in Honey Drown ran at New York's Lucille Lortel Theatre in 1997 and won an Outer Critics Circle Award.
Douglas Carter Beane, the creator of the play, is a graduate of the American Academy of Theatre Arts in NYC. Beane’s works include the screenplay of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, and several plays including The Country Club and The Little Dog Laughed.
General admission tickets cost $12 each, $8 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the RVCC Theatre Box Office, 118 Lamington, Branchburg, NJ, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., or call 908-725-3420. For further information, contact the Visual and Performing Arts Department, 908-218-8876.
Featured Image: Scene from the RVCC production of "As Bees In Honey Drown" Photo by Ben Auletta
Photo Gallery: Dress Rehearsal Nov. 2, 2015 Photos by Ben Auletta