The second play of Schenectady Civic Players‘ 90th Anniversary Season, As Bees in Honey Drown by Douglas Carter Beane, and directed by Mark Stephens, opens Friday, December 1, and runs through Sunday, December 10, at its 12 South Church Street Playhouse in Schenectady’s historic Stockade district.
In Beane’s satirical comedy, called “A delicious souffle of satire” by the New York Times, Evan Wyler has just finished a photo shoot. No, he’s not a super model, just a twenty-something New York writer savoring the success of his debut novel. Evan captures the attention of Alexa Vere de Vere, a glamorous woman of mystery who’s made the world of celebrity her home. In fact, it’s her religion. She wants Evan to write the screenplay of her life story. But, Alexa vanishes, leaving him to foot the bill for all the dinners and Armani suits they’ve gone through. Trying to find Alexa, Evan discovers a chain of people who have fallen under her spell and acted as her meal ticket.
The play premiered Off Broadway at the Greenwich House Theatre on June 19, 1997, transferring to the Off-Broadway Lucille Lortel Theatere on July 24, 1997, and closed on June 7, 1998 after 366 performances. Beane won an Outer Critics Circle Award for his writing
The Civic Players cast features Knathan MacKenzie-Roy (as Evan Wyler), Cristine M. Loffredo (as Alexa Vere de Vere), and Jason Biszick, Pat Brady, Laura Graver, and Michael Schaefer in multiple roles as the chain of people discovered by Evan.
As Bees in Honey Drown runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (December 1, 2, and 3) and Wednesday through Sunday (December 6 through 16). Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8 pm. Wednesday and Thursday curtains are at 7:30 pm., and Sundays are matinees only at 2:30 pm.
Tickets are $20. Order on-line at http://www.civicplayers.org or call (518) 382-2081