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Gloucester Stage Company presents “A Measure of Normalcy”

October 22, 2015 - November 7, 2015

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ABOUT THE PLAY

An array of lost souls straggle inside a quickly emptying midwestern mini-mall. Sixteen-year-old Casey works the food court, tending to her burrito stand. As Ari, Casey’s cousin, runs a shifty business out of their grandmother’s basement, the arrival of Gus, the new hire, slowly unveils the secrets within this stagnant community. Rife with balloon animals, cartoon flashbacks, cheap raps, and hallucinogenic gecko feces, this dark comedy questions what it means to be “normal” in a place of overwhelming simplicity. Ages 15 and up.Strong language and some adult situations.

WHY IT’S FOR YOU

Today, most adults can claim a childhood awash with memories of cartoons and blind happiness. For some, these memories give way to an obsession with nostalgia, a slowed-down life that prevents growth or being honest with one’s self. Pushing against a model of television storytelling, A Measure of Normalcy addresses a generation who has been told they either need to succeed or fade into the background, pursue delusional enterprise or try to reinvent who they are in an effort to feel adequate in society. This play is an anthem for those uncomfortable with the skin they live in, as they search for salvation in a time when it feels like there is none.

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Start:
October 22, 2015
End:
November 7, 2015
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