Contemporary Park Shorts, in Collaboration with Fort Point Theatre Channel,
A Staged Reading Of
Tangles in Your Teeth
Rosa Nagle, playwright
Amy S. West, director
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Waterfront Plaza @ Atlantic Wharf
290 Congress Street
Boston (across from the Children’s Museum)
Amy Joy Laffin
It’s the day before Thanksgiving when we meet the Colby/Murphy/DiNapoli family. Julia is doing her best to cope with her husband Sam’s infidelity, “passion, fury, middle-age decay,” as she calls it. Through the turmoil of her emotions, Julia is also dealing with her family: Amelia, the matriarch who firmly believes in the family folklore that she and her children are descended from werewolves, originating with 19th-century Leonora DiNapoli; Julia’s brother, Chuck, an exterminator who continually has existential experiences; and her son, Happy, who is serious, somber, and, perhaps, the non-definition of “happy.” This play uses poetry, magical realism, and the absurd to create a world we all can relate to.
This reading and workshops to develop Tangles in Your Teeth was funded by the Bob Jolly Charitable Trust.