In this absurd, provocative comedy, two people negotiate a one-year relationship contract before their first date, to ensure that all of their expectations are met. As they make their way through the transaction, they share stories of previous failed relationships, in hopes that maybe this one will last.Playwright Mary Darling, who grew up in Worcester and now lives in Southbridge, says she is “interested in how we perceive and talk about our versions of past relationships.” Instead of writing a realistic play about modern dating, she sees a play as a chance to use humor and satire to imagine life would be like if romance started with formal negotiations: “What if we could review their resume, call their references, hear their side of what went wrong in the past?”
This production is directed by Noah Dawson of Fitchburg, another Fitchburg State graduate who is also a drama teacher at the Sizer School.
“On Our Terms” is the first event in the second season of The Forge Theater Lab, a group in residence at Fitchburg State that is devoted to developing new plays. More information about The Forge is available on their website.
This play is not recommended for children under 14 because of profanity and frank sex talk. It will perform on September 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 8:00 PM; September 8 at 2:00 PM; and September 12 at 6:30 PM. Tickets cost $15 with a $5 rate for students; September 12 is a “pay what you can” show.
The cast includes Kevin Boudreau of Leominster; James Estes of Fitchburg; Rebecca Joseph of Stoughton; Rachael Miles of Acton; and Natalie Scott of Groveland.