“Black Flamingos”

Genre: drama with black comedy

Run time: 70 – 75 minutes

Cast (male / female): 2 / 1 (each playing 2 parts)

Scenic time and place: the present, Utah Salt Flats

"BLACK FLAMINGOS" - a drama with black comedy ©

The play is a darkly humorous, poetic drama that is both a metaphysical and literal journey in which the heroine seeks to drive her car headlong into the mouth of a laughing god. Nonetheless, the play and the characters also travel a road from fury to forgiveness.

Click here for a longer synopsis of the play.

Click here to view a sample of the script

Bridget Flanery, Michael Matthys, Adam J. Smith after the October 2010 reading of "Black Flamingos" at A.N.M.T. in North Hollywood, CA

click here to view the Black Flamingos 2010 postcard which starred the above cast.

And below is the November 12, 2005 postcard for the reading of an earlier version of the play at the Abbot Kinny Gallery. (This image is an appropriation of a James Audubon watercolor that has been altered in color as well as a new background was added.) This reading was produced by Walt Klappert and starred Bridget Flanery, Graham Shiels and Alex Wells.

Postcard designed by Julius Galacki for the "Black Flamingos reading at the Abbot Kinney Gallery ©

As can be inferred from the multiple postcard images, “…Flamingos” has had a long and full development process. Originally, it was Julius Galacki’s first project produced at the Yale School of Drama and then later was his senior thesis project where it received an Equity reading at the Yale Repertory Theatre with a cast that included (now Tony and Oscar nominated) actress Amy Ryan and was directed by Obie Award winner Evan Yionoulis. In one of these earlier incarnations, “…Flamingos” was a New Dramatists Weissberger Award semi-finalist. It also won an award and was read at the Brick Playhouse in Philadelphia. More recently, it had 3 public readings in the Los Angeles area – the last under the auspices of the Dramatists Guild Friday Night Footlights West series, and thus has reached a very polished state.

Additionally Smith & Kraus published two monologues (slightly shortened) from “…Flamingos” in their Audition Arsenal series.

Banner image above: Salton Sea – © Julius Galacki

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