Playwright Ali Jordan’s newest entry into the Kansas City Fringe Festival 2015, “The Snake That Stole the Flower” looks at desperate acts of desperate characters as they look for solutions to overcome their fates.
Jordan’s piece consists of four characters in a light drama that examines what choices people make that affect their lives. In this case, Ruthann, a devoted free spirit and pseudo “hippie” lives in a world of special teas, flowers, auras, Tarot cards, spiritual awareness, and avoidance. Yes, avoidance. Ruthann may or may not carry a hereditary gene that long plagued her family. Her idea is that if she does not know for sure, she can escape fatal consequences. Her life or herbs keeps her from facing a factual diagnosis.
Ruthann’s only child, Maggie, comes home for a brief visit and encourages her mother to seek medical testing to nullify or verify if the disease exists. If the mother is clear, the daughter will be clear as well. If Ruthann carries the disease, there lies a 50/50 chance for the daughter to carry the disease and possible pass on to the next generation.
Worlds and personalities collide when the realist, Maggie, confronts the whimsical Ruthann. Maggie wants answers. Ruthann want to avoid answers. Maggie questions her mother’s past motives and faces decisions awaiting her. The problem amplifies because Maggie cannot be tested until after her headstrong mother is tested.
Get ready for a good drama that plays easily in a black box theater and allows the characters of the four talented actors to develop. The cast consists of two men and two women. The men serve primarily as supporting roles to solidify the female characters personalities and beliefs.
“The Snake That Stole the Flower” is a creative piece and well with the investment of time and money. While it deals with one specific illness, its overall idea fits many scenarios and real life situations. The play has universal appeal and looks at hope versus reality. See what choices Ruthann made and what lies in Maggie’s future. The play entertains, educates, and creates dialogue afterward. All three are paramount to a successful play.
The cast is: Lauren Pope as Maggie, Margaret Shelby as Ruthann, Seth Macchi as Roy, and Chris Roady as Gary. The creative team is led by Taylor St. John, director. The crew is: Alexa Cioffi, stage manager; Jae Shanks, sound; Erika Baker, masks; Margaret Shelby, scenic painting; and Lauren Pope, costumes.