Kush Dhungana’s short one act play Poor Player, at the Winterfest was a thoughtful look at an aspiring actress’s attempt to carry on her craft despite all obstacles.
The play starts off with Louise (Lesley Frey), David (Andreas Casso) and Kelsie (Pilar Martinez) who are in argument over someone’s death, when David asks for his line, we realize we have been watching a rehearsal for a play. Despite David’s badly acted performance, the director (Sam Saravolatz) comes down on Kelsie, eventually firing her. Before he does he manipulates her emotions and her living from paycheck to paycheck.
We follow Kelsie though a serious of auditions, each one worse than the next. Despite Kelsie’s obvious talent, it seems as if the fates are against her.
Kelsie’s world turns even worse when her girlfriend Oliva (Sarah Garza) gives her the ultimatum of her career or her. Kelsie is almost ready to give in when her phone rings, for yet another audition and hope springs eternal.
Ms. Martinez’s as Kelsie makes the role even more pathetic, as she is obviously talented. Even in the first scene she shines, as her other two actors are mediocre. Kudos, to Ms Frey and Mr Casso. It was actually very sad to watch someone so talented deal with so much rejection.
The rest of the cast handled their roles well and in some case multiple roles.
Patrick Bakalli’s lighting added to the action, but it was Mr. Dhungana’s writing and direction, which really made this piece flow. Mr. Dhungana has a nice way with dialogue and one cannot help wondering, if he is being told not to create. If he is all I can say is this is one playwright on the rise and he should continue. For someone so young (17) Mr. Dhungana has a voice to be heard.
Poor Player: Winterfest, closed.