Mark and Heather are fed up with their financial troubles–and with each other. Mark is an unemployed marketing agent who copes with his failures by bullying and ignoring his family. His insecurities are compounded by a fear that his wife has been unfaithful. Heather is a burned out loan officer who survives her tumultuous marriage by drinking too much. When Kitty, their quirky teenage daughter, convinces them that a reality TV show is their ticket out of hardship, the parents jump at it only to find later that having a camera in their faces 24-7 is no picnic. In fact, things go from bad to worse.
The original stage play is Gresham Little Theater’s second offering in their new digs at KNOVA Learning Center, 740 SE 182nd in Rockwood.
‘Reality TV’ was authored by Mike Caron, who also directs the play. A Gresham resident of forty years, Caron found his inspiration in the countless reality shows that compete with traditional storytelling, mainly due to their low cost for programmers. “Initially, reality shows gave us variety,” says Caron, himself a stage actor trained at Portland Actor’s Conservatory. “But like all trends in entertainment, reality shows soon ballooned into something morbid. Now, every TV channel is crowded with reality shows that do nothing more than showcase triviality and the worst kind of petty behavior. What does that tell us about our culture?” Caron chuckles and adds, “If anything, it gives satirists more cannon fodder.”
The stage play runs Thursdays-Saturdays, June 10th-24th at 7:30pm: tickets $5 students and $10 adults.
For more information go to www.greshamlittletheater.com