Charlie Cox Runs With Scissors by Michael McKeever
September 15,16,17 7:30 pm
September 18 4:00 pm
September 22,23 7:30 pm
September 24, 25 4:00 pm
Thursday 9/22 is pay-what-you can night.
Directed by Richard Dobbin
A poignant and touching little play – a metaphor of love and death, and happy ever after!
When Charlie Cox, a middle-aged editor, learns that he has the incurable, degenerative condition known as Lou Gehrig's disease, he gets in his car and starts driving. He soon finds himself in the Arizona desert, where he uncharacteristically picks up a hitchhiker, a sarcastic, impatient guy named Wally, who happens to be his own personal death emissary. As Wally urges him to get it over with, lovely, sexy Kiki enters the picture wearing dark glasses since "love is blind." Wally is infuriated when love blossoms between Charlie and the widow Nell, and the ensuing battle between Death and Love teaches Charlie the importance of living life to the fullest.
Playwright Michael McKeever's plays have been produced off-Broadway, as well as throughout the United States and Europe. Besides Charlie Cox Runs With Scissors his plays include Melt (New Theatre, Miami; Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota); The Garden of Hannah List (Hypothetical Theatre Co., New York; Florida Stage, Manalapan); 37 Postcards (Kammerspiele, Vienna; Komedie Dresden; Hudson Stage Company, New York). Citations and awards include NEA residency grant (New Theatre, Miami); two-time finalist, Heideman Award, National Ten-Minute Play Contest; three Carbonell Awards (Best New Work); three CurtainUp Awards (Best New Work); and two Florida Individual Artist Fellowships. Three of his plays have been produced at City Theatre's nationally renowned Summer Shorts Festival in Miami. McKeever has been a finalist several times at both the Key West Theatre Festival and the Sarasota Festival of New Plays. He resides in South Florida and is a member of The Dramatists Guild and Actors' Equity.