The Good Times Are Killing Me

Play Synopsis:

Young Edna Arkins lives in a neighborhood that is rapidly changing, thanks to white flight from urban Seattle in the late 1960's. As the world changes around her, Edna is exposed to the callous racism of adults―sometimes subtle and other times blatant, but always stinging. By weaving the importance of music in adolescence with the forbidden friendship between Edna, who is white, and Bonna Willis, who is Black, Lynda Barry captures the earnest, awkward, yet always honest adolescent voice as perfectly in prose as she does in comics.

Please Note:

Due to the recommendations and guidelines concerning COVID-19, Incarnate Word Academy's production of The Good Times Are Killing Me will be presented as a "staged reading." A staged reading is a form of theatre without sets or full costumes. The actors, who read from scripts, may be seated, stand in fixed positions, or incorporate minimal stage movement. The focus is on the author's words and storytelling. The production includes 20 actors playing multiple roles. Costume, prop and set pieces are implied and used when necessary to forward the movement of the story. For the safety of everyone, all actors and crew members are required to wear masks while performing and we ask our audience to do so as well.

Join us for a LIVE stage reading of Lynda Barry's award-winning play at Incarnate Word Academy on October 1, 2 & 3 at 7:00pm.

Matinee Added! Join us for a matinee performance on Saturday, October 3 at 2:00pm.

$10 / General Seating

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