Whirlwind “Book of Days” by Lanford Wilson gets rare production in Boston

Book of Days, Lanford Wilson

Bad Habit Productions is one of Greater Boston’s many smaller theatres but it has made a name for itself doing improv and stand up comedy as well as serious theatre. That’s why their decision to take on the incredible Lanford Wilson Book of Days is so promising. It is slated for a limited run March 31- April 10, 2011. It has its fascinating characters and funny moments, but this dark comedy is really a chance to see a dozen great actors do their thing with no stars, no spotlights, just a kitchen sink of a script, surprising twists and turns and lots of imagination.

Wilson is, of course, better known for his plays Talley’s Folly and perhaps Rain Dance, but the absorbing characters in Book of Days live out their Our Town existence, though the skies darken and an undertow develops in the wake of a tornado. The play is set in Missouri rather than Grovers Corner. How that tornado is staged will be one of the watermarks for this production since it is the fulcrum upon which the religious conformity and oppression depend.

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Book of Days takes place in the fictional town of Dublin, Missouri consisting of a cheese factory, fundamentalist churches, and a community theater. Mystery unfolds when a tornado hits the town and the owner of the cheese factory suddenly goes missing. Ruth, his bookkeeper and star of the community theater in town is determined to unfold the truth. Book of Days gives a day by day account of how a little town can quickly lose its innocence. 

Bad Habit’s production of Book of Days includes a dozen Boston area actors. Featuring: Anna Waldron (Ruth), Joe Ruscio (Len), Emily Culver (Martha), Casey Preston (James), Scarlett Redmond (Ginger), Chuck Schwager (Walt), Liz Robbins (Sharon), Kara Manson (Louann), James Bocock (Earl), David Lutheran (Rev), Stephen Radochia (Boyd), and Harry McEnerny (Sheriff).

The Book of Days’ creative team, led by Director Brett Marks, includes Mac Young (set designer), Mike Stanton (sound designer), Michael Clark Wonson (lighting designer), Lindsay Gonzales (costume designer), and Julie Brown (props designer). Becky Griffith is the Stage Manager.

Book of Days

Performances will take place at the Durrell Theatre, located at the Cambridge YMCA at 820 Massachusetts Avenue on Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sunday at 2:00pm. A VIP reception will take place in the theatre following the April 1 performance. There will be a special industry night on Monday, April 4 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $15 online at www.badhabitproductions.org or $20 at the door. There will be one “pay what you can” performance on Thursday, April 7th at 8:00pm. Tickets will be available at the door cash or check only.

About Bad Habit Productions

Bad Habit Productions, Inc. (BHP) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit theatre dedicated to producing unique and imaginative theatrical and improvisational experiences within greater Boston. These productions will result from direct collaboration among local artists and will provide much-needed opportunities for members. BHPComedy on Tap, which brings talented improv and stand-up comics to the Burren in Davis Square every third Sunday.

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