March 1 – 23, 2013
Thus begins the battle for Dan's heart and wallet. . . .
Written and Directed by Brent Englar
Produced by Baltimore's Mobtown Players
Stage Manager & Set Designer: Brian S. Kraszewski
Costume Designer: Jessica Ruth Baker
Light Designer: William Quick
Movement Director: Caitlin Bouxsein
Movement Consultant: Tara Cariaso
Dan: Christopher Krysztofiak
Glenne: Melissa O'Brien
Leon: Will Carson
Susan: Evangeline Ridgaway
Enactor 1 (Martin): Greg Bowen
Enactor 2 (Vanessa): Polly Hurlburt
Enactor 3 (Rudy): Vince Constantino
Enactor 4 (Shelby): Claire Coyle
My first "real" play, Labor Day, is about an awkward teenager who wants desperately to be a writer. My first two full-length plays are likewise autobiographical—at least, each central character is essentially me: in Badlands, a rootless young man tumbles through the American Southwest, while in A Wake, a high-school English teacher contemplates quitting.
Eventually, fortunately, I became interested in characters other than myself. Sometime in 2010, I began piecing together ideas for a comedy about a guy who invests his inheritance in an avant-garde theatre company. Also in 2010, I joined the board of a real-life theatre company: Baltimore's Mobtown Players. As I have written elsewhere, at Mobtown I learned how to be a director. By 2012, my inheritance comedy—which, following a whim, I had titled The Apple Don't Fall—had already attracted a respectable stack of rejection letters; weary of No's from strangers, I secured a Yes from friends. Thus it came to pass that Euripedes, William Shakespeare, and Brent Englar shared equal billing in one daring theatre's season. (Here's proof!)
Directing my own play for Mobtown was a dream. If Apple never receives another production (on track!), I can honestly say, for nine glorious performances, the airy nothings in my head were given perfect form. The media on this page—especially the promotional videos, for which I owe Josh Singer a tremendous debt of gratitude, at least—still give me ridiculous amounts of pleasure. Enjoy!