What would you do if your spouse of 20 years was given just three weeks to live? What if their last request was to read your private journals and, in return, they will leave you theirs to read when they are gone?
"Fiction" delves into the lives of two critically-acclaimed authors to explore the depth of human emotions. All the flaws we try to hide far from the sight of even those closest to us are shown on the bright lights of the stage.
Yellow Rose Productions presents "Fiction," written by Steven Dietz and directed by Danielle Roos, at Feb. 7 and 8 in the Square Room at 7:30 p.m..
"I chose this play because Steven Dietz did such an amazing job with the characters," Roos said. "From the very beginning of the play you start to fall in love with each character, but they are presented in a way that you can still see their flaws."
During rehearsal, it is clear Roos is right.
The play opens with Michael and Linda Waterman having a lively debate in a small café. Linda, played by Kerri Koczen, and Michael, played by Erik Schiller, are infectiously happy. Their quick-witted statements and lighthearted jabs are so playful, you don't realize you are grinning along with them.
Koczen and Schiller made no bones about the work they have put into truly bringing the Watermans to life.
Koczen, an actress from New York who sparks life into her character, gives all the credit to Deitz.
"Steven didn't write any of the characters to be flawless." Koczen said. "Each character has downfalls, and it really allows you to understand their part. Linda's cancer is presented so early in the play that all of the other parts of her character can develop without that being the main focus."
Schiller played in a comedy last year called "All in the Timing." While his role then was a comedic one, he said he is "up to the challenge" presented by "Fiction" and ready to show his deeper emotions.
Koczen and Schiller gave each other credit for their ability to play off one another and said they are ready to show everyone the deep-seated emotions that come bubbling up.
This play has many different depths and the audience is left with the heavy task of plot-sifting to find out what is really happening. None of the tasks are quite so difficult as sorting out the role of the play's last character, Abby Drake.
Played by Lizzie Wouters, Abby plays side-by-side with Linda and Michael to provide depth to their marriage.
This play will force the audience to reevaluate the characters and raises many questions throughout the show.
"The playwright trusts the audience enough to make a script that doesn't answer all the questions," Roos said. "Steven allows the audience to figure out the plot on their own."
Tickets can be purchased for $10 in advance at thesquareroom.com or for $13 at the door. Ticket price includes a $5 food voucher.