Long Way Down
The darkly comic and harrowing story of Maybelline Ferris, a damaged young woman living with her pregnant sister Saralee and her forlorn husband, Duke, in their run-down family home north of Nashville. As the play begins, Karen, a close friend of Maybelline’s jailed older sister, marches into the house with the news that Doolee James kid came into Kindercastle today with a black eye. Doolee is beating her child. That accusation starts a chain of events that set the entire Ferris family into a downward spiral towards the plays stunning conclusion.
Written by up and coming playwright, Nate Eppler, Long Way Down was a nominee for best new play by the American Theatre Critics Association, a distinction also conferred on Eppler’s newest play The Ice Treatment (winner, 2017). His other plays include City of the Dead, Sextape ( & Other Stories), Larries, Modern Love and Keeping Up with the Joneses.
Steve Jarrard directs the new production of Long Way Down. The managing director of Collaborative Artists Ensemble, his directing credits include The Food Chain, How I Learned to Drive, Eleemosynary, The Square Root of Wonderful, Lucia Mad, Through a Glass Darkly, Blood Relations, A Strange Disappearance of Bees, In the Balance and more. He is also an actor.
Jarrard’s cast for Long Way Down includes, in alphabetical order, Christa Haxthausen, Lauri Hendler, Meg Wallace and Lane Wray.
Stage manager: Rebekah Atwell.
Long Way Down had its World Premiere in Nashville. The current production marks the play’s West Coast premiere.
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