Cinnabar Theater presents social comedy "We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!" by Dario Fo, translated by Ron Jenkins.
Desperate efforts "to make ends meet" becomes a comical tangle of escapades in "We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!" - a farce featuring a comic duo who experience escapades reminiscent of the Lucy and Ethel characters in "I Love Lucy."
After participating in a riot protesting the high prices at a local grocery store, two women find themselves tangled in a web of lies involving groceries and a fake pregnancy. Oh boy, these two will have some real explaining to do.
A period of struggle and tough economic times serves as the backdrop for this comedy of "hunger" which examines how humor prevails over desperation.
"The antics are reminiscent of the escapades of Lucy and Ethel from the original 'I Love Lucy' television series," wrote Ron Jenkins, the play's translator and Professor of Theater at Wesleyan University. Dario Fo's play has also been described by various critics as "Karl Marx meeting Groucho Marx."
CAST: Liz Jahren of Cotati as Antonia, Nathan Cummings of Petaluma as Giovanni, Sarah McKereghan of Fairfax as Margherita, Samson Hood of Santa Rosa as Luigi and Gary Grossman of Cotati playing multiple roles of State Trooper, Police Sergeant, Gravedigger and Grandfather.
The production, directed by Laura Jorgensen, runs Sept. 21 to Oct. 7, 2012, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 at Cinnabar Theater, located at 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, Calif.
Tickets are $15 to $25; $25 General; $22 Seniors 65 & Over; $15 Age 22 & Under. Call 707-763-8920, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or purchase at the door. Reservations highly recommended. Visit www.cinnabartheater.org for more information.
Pictured: Sarah McKereghan and Liz Jahren star as two women whose desperate efforts to make ends meet becomes a tangle of comical escapades in "We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!" Photo by Eric Chazankin.