Stage Right Productions and Creative Heart Productions presents FADE IN: A Twisted Tinseltown Thriller. The play is an original psychological thriller/black comedy by local playwright, director and actor Patricia West-Del Ruth.
Nothing is what it seems when two estranged sisters—one an LA screenwriter and the other a clinical psychologist are forced to come to terms with their sibling rivalry, a horrific past and the love they share over a deranged actor. FADE IN: flutters on the edge of the fascination we have with aberrant psychology and dysfunctional family dynamics, delivering energy in a way that will electrify audiences. Playwright, West-Del Ruth’s sharp script charts this love triangle’s tenacious efforts to cope with the appalling challenges of their shared history, present and potential future.
Set in present-day Los Angeles, FADE IN: stars local actors Skye Stafford (Venus in Fur), Catherine Christie (5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche) and Robert Marquez (The Pillowman). This original, spellbinding work according to Stafford is “reminiscent of a Twilight Zone episode with the edginess of a Tarantino film.”
West Del Ruth has been promoting the region for the last decade, serving the state in different capacities. As director of cinema arts education for Film Oregon Alliance, she brought industry professionals to the region conducting workshops, seminars and screenings. She has also been involved with BendFilm as a former board member and has supported both the Future Filmmakers Program and Independent Women for Independent Film.
When she is not writing, she helps in casting locally produced films and is an actor as well. West-Del Ruth’s intentions are to transcend FADE IN: the play, into an independent film to be shot both here in Bend and in Portland.
Performances are March 31-April 15 at 2nd Street Theater in Bend. Showtimes are 7:30pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Matinees 3pm on Sundays. Tickets $19 for adults and $16 for students/seniors. A Champagne Artist Reception will be held on Opening night, Friday, March 31 from 6:30-7:30pm.