The Uncertainty Files & What Love Is
written by Linda McLean directed by Dave Barton
Two US premiere plays by award winning playwright, Linda McLean, will receive their premiere at The Garage Theatre opening May 20th under the keen charge of Dave Barton. The personal and artistic relationships between director Dave Barton (former Artistic Director of Rude Guerilla and current Artistic Director of Monkey Wrench Collective), and many of The Garage Theatre founding company members runs deep. Over 20 years deep. Working together as students in the theatre department at Orange Coast College; sharing living spaces at one point; the continued mutual support of each other's respective theatre companies. Now they’re together again for one common artistic goal--to produce acclaimed Scottish playwright's Linda McLean's two US Premiere plays, THE UNCERTAINTY FILES and WHAT LOVE IS—and the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
THE UNCERTAINTY FILES- Based on a series of intimate interviews, playwright McLean talked with several Americans, transcribing their discussions (as well as the sounds around them of traffic, doors closing or a refrigerator humming) and created a one-act play about the uncertainty of the future, the hereafter, about love and about ourselves. This is the first time the play has been done in the United States.
The comedy one-act WHAT LOVE IS opens the evening, examining the relationship of a loving, slightly cantankerous husband and wife in their twilight years, as well as their grown daughter, who is acting as a reluctant and less than happy caretaker. Aging, illness, the beauty of the tango and the happy feeling you get from a good shortbread are all tackled in a quirky, meaningful way reminiscent of Samuel Beckett at his funniest.