La pièce 'Madonna et Moi' fait ses débuts américains à Rock Hill.
'Madonna' play makes US debut in Rock Hill
By Jason Chisari - Correspondent
Published: Friday, Apr. 08, 2011 / Updated: Friday, Apr. 08, 2011 06:42 AM
ROCK HILL -- The aptly named Edge Theatre Co. has no qualms about the productions it runs: It tries to push the envelope.
Edge Theatre's latest undertaking, "Madonna and Me," playing tonight and Sunday at South Pointe High School, is no different.
"This play isn't for everyone," said director Jimmy Chrismon, who is also a theater teacher at South Pointe High School. "Yet the themes are timeless, and I think that audiences will find a character or a situation that rings true to themselves."
Set to the music of Madonna's nearly 30-year career, the play is a coming-of-age tale that follows friends from their formative teenage years into early adulthood.
Madonna's musical and stylistic reinventions serve as a metaphor for the characters' growth, as their friendships change, and in some cases, fade away, as they grow older. Like the inspiration behind the play, the content takes risks. Chrismon compares the material to a PG-13-rated film.
It is the fourth play written by playwright Tommy Kearney, who flew from his native Great Britain to witness the American debut in Rock Hill.
Two years in the making
The play has particular sentimental value for Chrismon, a lifelong Madonna fan who has directed more than 100 plays. He worked with Kearney for nearly two years to see "Madonna and Me" come to fruition.
"The cool thing about this play is that Madonna isn't a character, just an ever-present influence on the characters, which also mirrors her impact on my life," Chrismon said. "Kearney has been incredibly gracious in collaborating with me on this production, and I can't wait for everyone to see the fruits of our labor."
Audiences can expect whip-smart dialogue, emotional moments and even a dance number, along with Madonna's 90s hit "Vogue." The South Pointe High School auditorium seats 1,500 people, but Chrismon set up nearly 75 on-stage seats to establish an intimate setting for audience and cast members to share.
Chrismon says you don't have to be a fan of Madonna's music to see the appeal of the universal truth which lies at the heart of the play.
"Friendship, love, acceptance and staying true to oneself are the main elements of the play," Chrismon said, "and in life as well."
Want to go?
"Madonna & Me" by Rock Hill's The Edge Theatre Co.
8 tonight and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday
South Pointe High School auditorium
Tickets, $15 for adults and $10, students and seniors. Tickets available online at theedgetheatre.org and at the door.
A portion of the proceeds will go to Raising Malawi.
For further information on the play, the actors, director and playwright, visit www.theedgetheatre.org and http://www.madonna-and-me.co.uk/.
Source: The Herald - Rock Hill, SC.
Maggie Monahan and Jay Kistler run through a scene of 'Madonna and Me.'
Photo: Melissa Cherry.