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'Flowers in the Wardrobe'; marks first Whim Production full-length play

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Noted for direction of campy and fun plays, Steven Eubank undertakes a new play, “Flowers in the Wardrobe,” written by Kevin King, King’s first, full-length play, that borrows heavily on Chronicles of Narnia and Flowers in the Attic produced by Whim Productions at the Arts Asylum, opening May 10.

An April 15 press release announced Whim Productions' presentation of “Flowers in the Wardrobe,” Kevin King’s original play that combines the worlds of Flowers in the Attic and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The play runs May 10 through May 31.

“This is my company's first full length production, and the first time we've hired an outside director, the great Steven Eubank. My previous two shows were part of the Fringe festival and directed by me,” King said.

According to the playwright, “Flowers in the Wardrobe” is a magical tale of young love, incest, talking animals, and imprisonment that has delighted children and adults alike for generations.”

Flowers is directed by Steven Eubank the Artistic Director of Egads! Theatre Company. Eubank has directed “Carrie: The Musical,” “Evil Dead: The Musical,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” and most recently “Godspell.”

“We’re so excited to have Steven on board,” King said. “His campy aesthetic is a perfect fit for the crazy story I’ve written,” King said.

In a brief synopsis, King said, "Flowers" tells the comically twisted story of four children forced to live in an attic by their selfish mother. Left to their own devices, they seek comfort in cookie binges, dirty dancing, and loving each other in all the wrong ways.

“Everything changes when a magical wardrobe offers the children a chance for adventure and escape, thrusting them into a land of talking beavers, a seemingly trustworthy faun, and a witch bearing Turkish Delights,” he said.

Flowers features Stefanie Stevens (“Damn Yankees,” Film Classics Presents: Heaven So Far), Matt Sweeten (“Behind the Veil,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Romeo and Juliet”), Alisa Lynn (“Picnic,” “Big Love”), and J. Will Fritz (“As You Like It,” “Our Author Died Today”) as the children. The rest of the cast includes Amy Kelly (“M. Butterfly,” “Bed Time Solos”), drag persona Genewa Stanwyck (Film Classics Presents: Heaven So Far, Film Classics Presents: Suspicion), Andy Perkins (“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “As You Like It”), Pete Bakely (“Drums in the Night,” “An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein”), Diane Bulan (“Go, Dog. Go!”, “The Sugar Bean Sisters”), and Philip ‘blue owl” Hooser (“Death in the Dustbowl,” “Dead Air”).

“As far as the Arts Asylum, it really is a fantastic space. To date, they've only had short-run events, like burlesque and fashion shows. They also hold fundraising events for their program Crayons for Kids. The gothic setting of the church goes really well with ‘Flowers in the Wardrobe.”

Ticketing through Brown Paper Tickets: flowersinthewardrobe.brownpapertickets.com
May 10 - May 31, 2014

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