Thursday, February 19, 2015

Boy Meets Girls – new world premiere play by Bryan Willis

Jessa Dian (L)
Brynn Ogilvie (R)
photo courtesy Bryan  Willis

A new play by local and nationally acclaimed playwright Bryan Willis will premiere in a one-night-only performance at Oly Underground in Olympia with two shows on Monday March 2.
Boy Meets Girls is billed as “a play about love, human trafficking and growing up at the speed of sex.” The play is based on 10 different stories—all true, according to the playwright. A dancer in a local strip club considers giving a bikini barista some survival tips before she signs a contract. Willis says, “Boy Meets Girls provides a realistic glimpse of a world that may be closer than you think.”

It is a one-act running 25minutes. There will be two performances, each with a different cast:  
Cast #1performing at 7 p.m.:  Jessa Dian, Brian Hatcher, Brynn Ogilvie
Cast #2 performing at 8 p.m:  Brian Wayne Jansen, Cheyenne Lorraine, Mariah Moore
Known locally for his many plays produced by Harlequin Productions and other performance groups such as Theater Artists Olympia, Willis is now playwright-in-residence at Northwest Playwrights Alliance at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. His plays have been included in the past two evenings of one-acts at the Midnight Sun.
He quit his day job in ’92 and has been a working playwright ever since. His plays have been workshopped and produced off-Broadway, on the London fringe, throughout the U.K., Israel, and in theaters across the U.S. and Canada, including ACT, New York Theater Workshop, Seattle Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Unseam’d Shakespeare Co. and Riverside Studios in London. His work has also been featured on NPR and BBC Radio (commission for Sophie). Willis is the recipient of a theater fellowship from Artist Trust and has also received the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for his work with the American College Theater Festival. He has worked in the literary departments of many theaters, including Playwrights Horizons and Lincoln Center (NYU’s Playwright-in-Residence) and Tacoma Actors Guild.
He lives in Olympia with his son Zach in their new home:  Willoughby, Significantly Close to the Sea. 

Boy Meets Girls
Oly Underground, 109 SW Legion Way, Olympia, WA  (360/352-7343)
Tickets:  $5 suggested donation at the door, or reserve seating by writing
Age Restriction:  21+ only  (Oly Underground serves alcohol)

Plus - A comedy by Bryan Willis, Seven Ways to Get There, opens Feb. 24  and runs through March 15 ACT's Allen Theatre in Seattle.

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