Stop by, hook up, Cop-Out 

What do you get when you cross two actors, seven characters, six scene changes, and the Sentient Bean?

Savannah’s newest theatrical group, the Fowl Brick Theatre Company, and their debut performance of John Guare’s Cop-Out.

The author of such plays as The House of Blue Leaves and award-winning play-turned-movie Six Degrees of Separation, John Guare spins a dark one-act comedy with two parallel story lines.

In one a slapstick detective stumbles through a mystery steeped with intrigue, deception, and double-crosses. The second is an unfolding love story between a Vietnam War protestor and a policeman. Both storylines comment and inform on one another.

“It’s a crazy, wild ride,” says Tosha Fowler, co-founder of the Fowl Brick Theatre Company. “It’s very quick, with lots of props and costume changes.”

“It’ll blow minds because it really hits home on a lot of things,” adds Fowler’s partner in crime, Chris Brickhouse.

“I like how there’s all these political and moral things are simply wrapped around these two people’s love story. Savannah doesn’t see plays like this very often.”

Fowl Brick was created earlier this summer for the sole purpose of producing this play, though other productions are in the works. Fowler and Brickhouse were astounded and ecstatic about the amount of support they’ve received from the community in response to their project.

AASU offered them free rehearsal space and assistance with props, costumes, and designing. The Sentient Bean, a place that many new coming and independent artists call home, has volunteered their space as a venue for the play. Fowl Brick recognize Martel Stroup of Studio West productions and Mel and Sheila Mrochinski for their tremendous production and directorial assistance.

“I was truly amazed because in Atlanta, where I was this past year,” says Fowler,” there are no venues or support for companies like ours. It was the complete opposite here.”

Both Fowler and Brickhouse note the loss of the City Lights Theatre and a definite lack of theatre outside of Savannah’s traditional and educational venues as inspiration for starting the company.

For Brickhouse this project has been a revitalization of sorts for his acting career. “At a time when I thought a lot of my career goals were dead,”he said, “ this whole process helped me create goals instead of trying to go find them. I think this is one of the best things I’ve done theatrically.”

Stroup and Fowler agree that creating, whether it be characters, costumes, or rhythms, has been in integral part of this entire production, one that they all enjoy.

“Guare writes for the theatre,” says Stroup. “Everyone’s looking for real life, and here it is. Get ready to site back and be entertained by actual human contact.”

Cop-Out previews at the Sentient Bean on Park Avenue on Wed., June 29 at 8 p.m. with regular performances June 30 and July 1, also at 8 p.m. $3 donation. Call 247-7008 for more information.


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