Exposed Bone (2016)
a Play with Songs for Voice and Fixed Media
Book and Lyrics by Charlie O'Leary, Music by Karl Hinze
Premiere: Premiered March–September 2016 at “Serials” (The Flea, NYC)
The Exposed Bone Workshop Collective Ensemble Studio “Not Just Your Average Theatre Company” Theatre Company Presents: “When Pigs Fly!” A Reading Series of Hot & Spicy New American Plays Written by the Artistic Director
The Exposed Bone Workshop Collective Ensemble Studio “Not Just Your Average Theatre Company” Theatre Company Presents: When Pigs Fly! A Reading Series of Hot & Spicy New American Plays Written by the Artistic Director follows a group of newly minted BFAs who have formed a theatre company and are in the midst of their first reading series. As the company members attempt to perform the increasingly sloppy and insensitive plays written by their straight white male artistic director, the company falls apart and its members start to question why they’re doing theatre at all.
The evening includes six live play readings presented by the company. Each play is a “reinterpretation” of a modern American classic, filtered through the lens of grossly misguided privilege (e.g. Angels in Bushwick: A Straight Ally’s Fantasia on National Themes), and often incorporating original songs (e.g. “Gay and Fat” from The Whale Is a Metaphor).
As the horrible readings unfold, we also get glimpses into the lives of the young theatremakers who have been roped into joining this theatre company. The boundaries between performance and reality blur as the play reaches its climax and the company nears implosion.
Ultimately, the play is both an inside baseball theatre parody about the ignorance of privilege and a story about people struggling to find fulfillment in their lives (both in and outside the theatre). Jumping genres from harsh house-light naturalism to Broadway musical to downtown experimental nightmare, Exposed Bone will leave audience and cast member alike to lovingly ask: Why do we do this to ourselves?