Brelby Theatre in Glendale will present “Space Junk” April 7 through April 22 at the Brelby Playhouse, 7154 N. 58th Drive, Glendale.
John Perovich, Brelby education director and dramaturg, is a recent graduate of ASU’s MFA in Dramatic Writing program. Mr. Perovich has served as a dramaturg on various productions with Brelby Theatre Company, the Caleb Reece Festival of New Plays & Musicals, Orange Theatre Group, and the Mid-America Theatre Conference.
Mr. Perovich is a company member and education director at Brelby, often instructing classes in playwriting.
“Even on the first read, (Cody) Goulder’s script was fun, clever, fast-paced, and had a lot of heart,” Mr. Perovich said. “The play has gotten stronger and more entertaining with each new draft.”
With over 10 years of experience, Robert Fata has done sketch at ASU comedy, and stand-up sets all over the country. When he’s not performing improv with Results May Vary, you can probably find him rolling for a new character in Dungeons & Dragons.
Mr. Fata read the synopsis of “Space Junk,” he said, “when the audition was posted, and immediately thought, ‘I need to be a part of this.’ When I got the part, I read through the script and was so happy it was everything I hoped it would be.”
Mr. Perovich added, “With any new play, there is so much work to be done while moving through the rewrite process. While not necessarily a challenge, Goulder has done quite a bit of rewriting and fine tuning on the script. The environment that Brelby consistently creates for playwrights — open, supportive, and flexible — is ideal for new play development.”
“Every day of rehearsal I learned something new about the story that I didn’t notice in the first read-through,” Mr. Fata said. “The playwright and the director were both very on point with everything from subtle (and not so subtle) puns, to in-depth character nuance.”
Mr. Perovich insisted: “Space Junk is entertaining, fun, and heart warming, with just the right amount of the ridiculous. Audiences looking for a fun night at the theater — complete with plenty of laughs — should check out Goulder’s latest play.”
Fata agreed. “If you like slapstick, sci-fi references, and physical comedy, than this is the show for you. If you prefer meaty relationships, over-the-top characters, and drama, than this is the show for you. This show has everything, except sword-play. We’re way too uncoordinated for sword-play.”
Brelby partners with local downtown Glendale businesses to offer more options for audience members. By showing their digital ticket, audiences can receive 10 percent off of their bill at the Hop Stop Diner, 10 percent off of any entrée at Haus Murphy’s Restaurant, and 10 percent off of a customer’s bill at the Olde Towne Glendale (OTG) Beer & Wine Bar or the Gaslight Inn.s
Space Junk plays April 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. and April 9 and April 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available by visiting the official website at brelby.com/tickets.
General admission is $15 per performance.
Admission to “Space Junk” is included in the benefits of Brelby’s ShowGO subscription: brelby.com/showgo.
The Brelby Playhouse is located at 7154 N. 58th Drive.
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