Dolan is a 2nd-year MFA playwright at OU, and MORAINE was the play he developed in his first year in the program. Produced by Dolan, and director, Mary Rose O’Connor, at CIC Theater in Chicago, MORAINE runs through Saturday, April 18th. It features former Ohio University Black Sheep Improv performer, Caleb Fullen.
If you’re wondering, a moraine is a heap of earth and stones carried and deposited by a glacier. But there’s ample deeper meaning within Ryan Patrick Dolan’s new play, which follows four friends dealing with a fifth friend’s cancer treatment. As comics like Julia Sweeney and Tig Notaro have shown, the devastating disease can still be funny, and Dolan’s got the smarts to avoid wallowing in sadness. In turn, director Mary Rose O’Connor has the smarts to involve a brilliant cast, several of whom are improvisers trained in the ancient art of actually listening and responding onstage. As Mark, a bro trying to keep things as they’ve always been, Caleb Fullen pushes hard to find depth and humor in a character who could be all too unlikable. The result is the opposite of glacial.
Moraine runs through April 18th
Thursday – Sat, 8pm
Sundays at 2pm
1422 W. Irving Park Road