Dramatic play strong writing, acting in world premiere

For a clinic in acting do not miss ‘Lookin’ for a Fight’ at the Just Off Broadway Theater, a world premier play written by Derek Trautwein and directed by Relevance Productions founder Trevor Belt.

The four person play features a cast of super talented local actors: Derek Trautwein, Emily Panzica, Jeannie Blau, and Scott Cox. With the strong script by Trautwein, the story just explodes off the stage and rivets audience from the first moments. Congratulations to actors, playwright, and director Trevor Belt for marvelous adaption from written word to performance-ready play.

For a new play, “Lookin’ for a Fight” stands production ready. The dialogue is crisp, clean and each line moves the plot forward. The movement is well planned and the staging is strong. The characters are rounded, yet still allows the actors room for their interpretation and character growth. All in all, the play appears a finished piece and should move forward to other Fringe Festivals and perhaps other regional productions. It’s a solid one hour piece that might be fleshed out to a full 90 minute piece.

The play deals with abusive behavior and the fact that it is learned behavior. The approach is one that helps shine light onto the dark subject without going into graphic or verbal discussion. The play is an adult approach to a global problem that continues through generations. The subject matter seldom surfaces until a victim speaks out. Such social issues need the Arts community to shout their situation and point toward correction.

“Lookin’ for a Fight” definitely deals with the abuse and domestic issues of abuse. The play is one to begin discussion. Good theater stimulates discussion, teacher, and entertains. This play succeeds on all aspects of good theatre.

Looking For A Fight
The World Premiere of an original drama
by Derek Trautwein
Directed by Trevor Belt
DRAMATIS PERSONAE

Jake, late 20s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Derek Trautwein
Vera, mid-20s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emily Panzica
Dottie, mid-50s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeannie Blau
Randall, late 40s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Cox

TECHNICAL STAFF

Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amanda Rhodes
Scenography . . . . . . . Trevor Belt & Derek Trautwein
Sound Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Derek Trautwein

SETTING

Where: Outside Dottie’s preschool
A small Midwestern town
When: Present Day, Early Fall

Author: Bob Evans

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4 Comments

  1. Ms. Panzica’s name is Emmy, not Emily.
    The play is very good. Glad I got a chance to see it.

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    • She is listed at Emily in the official program from the director.

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  2. What a production, all the actors were super good! But Emmy Panzica did such a realistic and tugged at the heartstrings performance and had us in tears!

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  3. Saw it last night..great acting!!

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