Theatre: Student-Directed Play
by John Boulanger
directed by Marco Molina
House of Several Stores, a tragedy in two acts of nonsense, is an absurdist comedy about a dysfunctional family and their Thanksgiving “guests.”
Bastian returns home for Thanksgiving with news of “joining the service.” Mother suggests he join a gym. Bastian’s news takes a backseat when his sister, Rissa, suddenly decides that she’s pregnant, and though not yet showing, expects to deliver “any minute now”. Both children are then bombarded with Mother’s news of an older brother that they’ve never known about, Thom, who has returned home for Thanksgiving from the war.
Things are further complicated with the arrival of the mysterious, young Abigail, who has simply stopped by to drop something off–her newborn baby. That is, until she discovers the baby’s father might be in the house.
The play explores how stories help fill voids in people’s lives caused by death, loss and dysfunction.
“One of the few examples of purely American absurdism…outside of Edward Albee.”” - Austin Chronicle
“An examination of dysfunction, perception and misperception, truth and/or lies, with all roadsleading to life’s perpetually unanswered question: What is real and true here?” - Austinist.com