Brooding, compelling, funny and startling. Memories unravel and dark truths are revealed in a haunting ghost story by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s Daniel Talbott (Slipping). Chris Fields directs the West Coast premiere of What Happened When for The Echo Theater Company, opening at Atwater Village Theatre on April 12. Following the production’s three-week run through April 26, What Happened When will re-open this summer and again in the fall, each time with a different cast.
On a snowy night in a rural farmhouse, three siblings huddle together in the dark with a flashlight, while the audience (unseen by them) gathers closely around.
“Expect to be fully immersed in Daniel’s beautiful, provocative and disturbing memory play,” says Fields.
The ensemble for What Happened When includes Kenzie Caplan, Randall Clute, Matthew Gallenstein, Mara Klein, Ellen Neary, Chris Stack, Joey Stromberg and Libby Woodbridge. Clute, Neary and Stack will kick off the initial run, which runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. — evenings when the Echo/Circle X co-production of Yusuf Toropov’s An Undivided Heart is dark. Performances will resume later in the year, on off-nights for Echo productions of Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler in the summer and Gloria by Brenden Jacobs-Jenkins in the fall. Each run will feature a different combination of ensemble members.
The creative team includes set designer Amanda Knehans, lighting designerRose Malone, sound designer John Zalewski and costume desiger Elio Oliver.
What Happened When enjoyed a sold-out run when Rattlestick premiered it off-Broadway at HERE Arts Center in New York. It was later produced by The Side Project in Chicago and was published as part of the “Plays and Playwrights” anthology. TIME OUT Chicago calls it “a work of spare and haunting power.”