FiG Productions Presents:
Go Get the Axe
by Jamie Menzies
FiG (Fear is Good) Productions was founded by three long-time Amios community members: Richard C. Aven, James L. Menzies, and Christopher Halladay. The inaugural production, Go Get the Axe, features all three as director, playwright, and lead actor, respectively. Go Get the Axe is a comic romp into suicidal depression, and will be opening June 8th at The Theatre on 30th Street, closing Sunday June 25th.
From the company’s Facebook:
“FIG Productions is a live theater company founded on the idea that Fear Is Good (FIG). Our first FIG endeavor, James L. Menzies’ ‘Go Get The Axe,’ will open on June 8, 2017 at The Theatre at 30th Street.
Told without the constraints of the linear narrative, ‘Go Get the Axe’ is the absurdist story of one family’s journey into the depths of depression, heavy drinking, and impending death—and the humor that can be found at rock bottom.
At the center of several interconnected stories are Jim and Jessica Drinkwine, siblings who were torn apart by one death, and just may be reunited by another. The Drinkwines have a familial euphemism for the mental illness that they’re all inextricably tied to: they call it “The Shouters”, an affliction that takes on many forms and faces and leaves no member unscathed. Some drink to fight it off. Some do worse.
‘Go Get the Axe’ weaves back and forth from past to present, from conscious to subconscious mind, from the living to the dead, and ultimately shows us that self-forgiveness and redemption may be possible in this life.”