Opened April 22, 2006
Ray Bradbury's The Machineries of Joy
Written by Ray Bradbury, directed by Alan Neal Hubbs.
Presented by Ray Bradbury’s Pandemonium Theatre Company
America’s Storyteller, Ray Bradbury, is back with a new evening of four short plays based on his stories. Three are World Premieres.
“The Finnegan.” A vampiric monster slays children and drains the blood from their corpses. It is up to world class detective Sir Robert and his assistant Mrs. Douglas to track down the evil beast and put a stop to its awful deeds.
“The Parrot Who Met Papa.” A parrot from a bar in Havana has recorded, in the way parrots do, lots of what’s been told him by Ernest Hemingway. Now a writer must foil the plot of a schemer to kidnap the bird and sell it to the highest bidder.
“The Machineries of Joy.” A small group of priests contemplates the future of religion on the eve of the first manned lunar flight, and wonders about the impact that space travel may have upon how religious people perceive the universe.
“I Will Arise and Go Now.” In a short play first presented at the Court Theatre in 2003, Jay Gerber and Peg Shirley re-create their roles as an aging man assertively planning for his trip into the hereafter collides with the consternation of his wife, who isn’t by any means ready to let him go. The story returns as a Bradbury and audience favorite.
- Walter Beery
- Terrence Evans
- Grady Hutt
- Michael Morrison
- David Polcyn
- Laura Raynor
- Simon Russell
- Riegan Sage