Former KC Star reporter Mike Rice will bring his new one-act play SLURRY to KC Fringe Festival later this month.
Directed by Scott Cordes, the production will feature Matt Leonard, Laura Jacobs, and Davis DeRock.
From the press release: “Set in Chillicothe, MO in 2005, SLURRY tells the story about Wade Cruze, a 34-year-old line operator at a chocolate manufacturing plant who has snuck into the house of his ex-lover Sherry to tell her that he has developed a lung disease from his exposure to the butter-
flavoring chemicals at the plant. Sherry, a single 38-year-old woman who has inherited her grandmother’s house, works at the plant too and so does her current boyfriend Mike, a young and antagonistic outsider who has climbed through the ranks. Although he is married, Wade still has feelings for Sherry. Thinking that he will die soon, he wants to convey that to Sherry. But tensions rise when Mike too pays an unexpected visit. Secrets get revealed which may throw all their lives into chaos.”
Rice, a reporter for the Kansas City Star for 20 years, got the idea of writing SLURRY while working his current job as a paralegal at an Independence, MO law firm. The lawyers at that firm have represented hundreds of employees of snack food manufacturers who have suffered permanent lung diseases from exposure to certain butter-flavoring chemicals used to make snack foods.
“The characters in SLURRY and the plant where they work are fictional, but they share much in common with the real workers who have been crippled by these toxic chemicals, says Rice. “They live in small towns where a factory is one of, if not, the biggest employer. And if that plant is new, like the one depicted in SLURRY, it is seen as a savior that will revitalize that town. Sadly, the employer pays many of these folks back by poisoning them.”
SLURRY runs July 21st – July 28th at The Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit kcfringe.org.
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