Theatre in the toilet

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First Posted: 6/10/2013

What do you do in the bathroom?

Maybe it’s a place of rest, of contemplation, or something you simply will not share with anyone because, hell, it’s the bathroom after all.

For the next three weekends, eight local playwrights will share exactly what they imagine has gone on in the bathroom at some point through a compilation of one-acts entitled “PlayRoom: In the Bathroom,” put on by the Gaslight Theatre Company.

This is the second show of its kind, with last year’s production paying homage to the kitchen. The concept is simple, though a little daunting when looked into.

“Each playwright received a basic set design description, but no actual images, of a bathroom, and were told to write a play centering on that design,” one of the show’s directors, Brandi George, said. “So it’s just one set, the entire time, but it’s always interesting to see how the different playwrights pulled from that setting.”

The set never changes, except for some small touches here and there, leaving the audience to witness the same place over and over again, but with changing meanings for each act that vary from the funny to the touching.

“A lot of the scenes focus on everyday problems, occurrences,” George said. “One scene I’m directing deals with a slice of time where two people meet at a wedding reception and, while nothing really comes of it, it’s a nice tender moment that we get to witness.”

George said there are scenes that center on family squabbles, some contain deep soul searching, and yet others are quirky, such as a conversation a woman has with herself and her imagination, struggling to incorporate that imagination into a life of working at the DMV.

The eight playwrights contributing are Kait Burrier, Jennifer Hill, Matthew S. Hinton, Maureen McGuigan, Lori M. Myers, B. Garrett Rogan, Rachel Strayer, and Lukas Tomasacci.

George calls this a “short and sweet type of theater,” making it perfect for any audience. Each short runs about 10 minutes a piece.

And from this point, it’s all about the bathroom and beyond.

“We are always trying to think of creative rooms to play in,” George said. “We want to have a whole house full of plays. We’re still in talks of what we’re going to do next year, but the attic has been brought up; I’m always pulling for a fallout shelter, but we’ll see.”