The first Sunday Salon to be held in APL’s (in-progress) Downstairs Studio was also the first for our New Year / New Play Development Project. After reviewing a robust selection of new work submitted by area playwrights in the fall, we selected Fangs by Jim Moran.
Ambitious Idaho State Senator Riley Perkins plays deal-maker and chess-master to pass an anti-abortion bill while at a get-away in the sanctuary of his remote vacation cabin. With a snowstorm raging outside and a ferocious mountain lion on the loose, he’s shut in with his eager chief of staff, his strangely annoyed wife, and a wireless mobile hotspot. But an unexpected visit from his 20-year-old daughter, Madison, and an eccentric animal control officer threatens to throw a wrinkle into Riley’s legislative plans. An intense, macabre family comic-drama plays out in this cabin in the woods as Riley must face long-hidden truths about himself.
A native Seattleite, Jim Moran earned his MFA in Playwriting from UNLV, where his thesis play, Emerald Eagle, premiered at Nevada Conservatory Theatre. Shortly after, his Martian Manhunter Lives was seen Off-Broadway at the Snapple Theater Center and obtained a PONY Fellowship nomination from the LARK Play Development Center. Since returning to Seattle, Eclectic Theater has premiered his September Skies and Across a Little Red Marker to critical acclaim. His work has also been presented in Seattle at 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival, Northwest Playwrights Alliance’s Double Shot Festival, Bainbridge Performing Arts, The Schoolyard at Re-Bar, and The Shoreline Arts Readers Theater. Moran served as the assistant to Tony-Winning playwright Terrence McNally for the book of Catch Me If You Can, The Musical when it debuted at 5th Avenue Theatre.
- Riley, Utah State Senator: Joseph Lavy
- Toby, Riley’s Chief of Staff: Mikko Juan
- Karen, Riley’s Wife: Deborah Jacoby
- Madison, Riley’s Daughter: Samantha Routh
- Ed, Animal & Wildlife Control Officer: Shane Regan