Monday Morning and Cheese & Things

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The Co-Defensive Coordinators at Ole Miss have more to talk about come Monday Morning than schemes and tape after an altercation between teammates threatens to tear the coaches apart. Immediately preceding, two woman talk over cheese and things in the comedic “Cheese & Things”.

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"I think this combination of appetizer and main dish is well worth seeing. Cheese & Things is quite funny, and Monday Morning is quite spectacular and topical. They represent — in a more traditional one-act play sense — the best of what Fringe could be."

sweet - Daniel Faigin - CA Highways - ...read full review


"Monday morning is a timely and vital exploration of contemporary American racial politics. Nathan Trumbull crafts a nuanced portrait of the political becoming personal. He courageously explores challenging subject matter with empathy and understanding, rather than relying on easy, moralistic conclusions. Chad Smith and Grayson Low give powerful performances, utterly believable and showcasing tremendous range. This a play that will go on to be performed for many years, but that demands to be seen right now, in this moment."

sweet - Seth


"Whilst viewing through the ocean of local plays it's hard to find the next fulfilling experience to enjoy, so please take it to heart when I recommend "Monday Morning". Never before have two points of view been so artistically articulated and well balanced. The performances are live and very electric with Chad Smith and Grayson Low's energy serving intricate dialogue as a well portioned and perfectly cooked dish for your culture starving mind. It's easy for a play to grab your attention, harder for it to get you to laugh but the near impossible challenge of a genuine GASP to be heard is on the ever-growing checklist of accomplishments for "Monday Morning" as the woman in front of me covered her involuntarily (but justified) reaction to this piece. I highly recommend this play, it will be well worth your time."

sweet - Dylan Werth


"I was hesitant before the seeing Monday Morning, because I don't understand a lick of football. But good news, you don't need to know about the game of football to understand and be utterly moved by Nathan Trumbull's poignant words; which are phenomenally performed by Chad Smith and Grayson Low. I'm so happy this play is being put up again and I can't wait to see it for a third time! Monday Morning is a play that needs to be consumed by many eyes and hearts."

sweet - Bianca A


"I loved this play. It touches on many current sociopolitical issues, specifically, race relations, the ever increasing dangerous behavior on college campuses, and masculinity. However, it never comes off as preachy or overly political. The topics and ideas are woven together seamlessly through Nathan Trumbull's razor sharp dialogue and brought beautifully to life by the fantastic two leads, Grayson Low and Chad Smith. The tense conversation that unfolds between these two coaches in an office feels like we're peeking in on an extremely uncomfortable scenario we should not be watching, yet we can't look away. The play is tense, darkly funny at times, and leaves you elevated and thinking, which is exactly the point of good drama and theater. Very well done."

sweet - Ryan Francis Johnson


"Truly Exceptional Up-and-coming playwright Nathan Trumbull has hit the nail on the head with this poignant, difficult one act about the intricacies of race and the layered subtleties of contemporary racism. The writing is delicate and precise: it does not oversimplify the characters into protagonist and antagonist, rather it leaves the audience questioning where one draws the line between personal character and moral stance. As for the acting, both Chad Smith and Grayson Low do absolute justice to complex characters who could easily become trite or stereotypical if delivered incorrectly. It is clear that both actors understand their roles, and what is more impressive, sympathize with both sides of the table, as it were. Truly a gem, which will likely and deservedly see many more runs as the first of Trumbull's many successes."

sweet - Abby W


"Monday Morning explores the complicated and dynamic relationship between two co-workers amidst a racially charged controversy. The impressive performances by the two main characters, played by Grayson Lowe and and Chad Smith, submerges the audience into two opposing perspectives, ultimately allowing the viewer to form a strong emotional connection to both characters and viewpoints. The play frames the controversy in the broader social-economic and historical sense which provides a context for the viewer who, like me, knows nothing of the intricacies of the American college football culture and politics. An enticing, emotional roller coaster journey eliciting strong emotional reactions, this play will definitely leave you thinking!"

sweet - Megan De Souza


""DAMN" is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about Nathan Trumbull's play Monday Morning. The writing is impressive and watching Grayson Low and Chad Smith bring these words to life on stage is mesmerizing. Definitely will be on the lookout for what these guys have in store next. Can't wait to watch it again!!!"

sweet - Warren Barrow


"I had the pleasure of watching Monday Morning in it's first run. I really enjoyed this play. It's a necessasy look into race relations in America. This is a topic that needs to be brought to light and it was done beautifully."

sweet - Pierre Habib


"Would't be surprised to see Monday Morning make it to a regional or b'way theatre. Relevant, poignant, challenging. Fantastic performances from Grayson and Chad. Highly recommend."

sweet - phoebe


"I love this play! The writing is so nuanced and the acting is true. I never thought I'd see a play like this. Finally a place where the current state of public opinion in this country can be aired out and truly understand what the real issues are without demeaning anyone. I believe this conversation is probably going on in many places in America and if it isn't, after seeing this play this very important conversation will start happening. See this play!"

sweet - Chelsea Holley


"Fantastic one act tackling an issue that has garnered massive amounts of attention in our smart phone era. A movement still relevant and louder than ever. This play carefully weaves to uncover a person's true intentions without providing us with a blanket overstatement, which would have been easy for them to do. I highly recommend this show to anyone wishing to see both mindsets on the topic. Both actors did a fantastic job with their roles and their work should not be missed."

sweet - Vinu I


"I eff'ing hate plays! I find them unengaging, thanks to stalking rolling picture films my entire life. The flashing lights have rotted my brain! You were right Papa! Ugh!! This sharp quick witted fast paced talking mouth piece snagged my focus, thanks to the brilliant acting from Grayson Low and Chad Smith! Nathan Trumbull is one hell of a writer. Honestly, when I saw it had even an inkling of sports talk, I wanted to jump in-front of a bus! Mr. Trumbull delicately balanced need to know football jergin with real life issues, we still face today. An important piece for a fragile time we are living. Grayson Low is a rising star you want to witness now, so down the road you can tell your friends you saw him before he blew up. He is a force to be reckon with and is natural talent destined to go far. He is someone you want to watch rise into greatness! - DM"

sweet - Daren M


"Saw Monday Morning with Grayson Low and Chad Smith- wow! A contemporary play that really packs a punch, the writing is sharp and the acting was fantastic. I will definitely being seeing this one again."

sweet - Ana G


"I think this combination of appetizer and main dish is well worth seeing. Cheese & Things is quite funny, and Monday Morning is quite spectacular and topical. They represent — in a more traditional one-act play sense — the best of what Fringe could be."

sweet - Daniel Faigin - CA Highways - ...read full review


"Monday morning is a timely and vital exploration of contemporary American racial politics. Nathan Trumbull crafts a nuanced portrait of the political becoming personal. He courageously explores challenging subject matter with empathy and understanding, rather than relying on easy, moralistic conclusions. Chad Smith and Grayson Low give powerful performances, utterly believable and showcasing tremendous range. This a play that will go on to be performed for many years, but that demands to be seen right now, in this moment."

sweet - Seth


"Whilst viewing through the ocean of local plays it's hard to find the next fulfilling experience to enjoy, so please take it to heart when I recommend "Monday Morning". Never before have two points of view been so artistically articulated and well balanced. The performances are live and very electric with Chad Smith and Grayson Low's energy serving intricate dialogue as a well portioned and perfectly cooked dish for your culture starving mind. It's easy for a play to grab your attention, harder for it to get you to laugh but the near impossible challenge of a genuine GASP to be heard is on the ever-growing checklist of accomplishments for "Monday Morning" as the woman in front of me covered her involuntarily (but justified) reaction to this piece. I highly recommend this play, it will be well worth your time."

sweet - Dylan Werth


"I was hesitant before the seeing Monday Morning, because I don't understand a lick of football. But good news, you don't need to know about the game of football to understand and be utterly moved by Nathan Trumbull's poignant words; which are phenomenally performed by Chad Smith and Grayson Low. I'm so happy this play is being put up again and I can't wait to see it for a third time! Monday Morning is a play that needs to be consumed by many eyes and hearts."

sweet - Bianca A


"I loved this play. It touches on many current sociopolitical issues, specifically, race relations, the ever increasing dangerous behavior on college campuses, and masculinity. However, it never comes off as preachy or overly political. The topics and ideas are woven together seamlessly through Nathan Trumbull's razor sharp dialogue and brought beautifully to life by the fantastic two leads, Grayson Low and Chad Smith. The tense conversation that unfolds between these two coaches in an office feels like we're peeking in on an extremely uncomfortable scenario we should not be watching, yet we can't look away. The play is tense, darkly funny at times, and leaves you elevated and thinking, which is exactly the point of good drama and theater. Very well done."

sweet - Ryan Francis Johnson


"Truly Exceptional Up-and-coming playwright Nathan Trumbull has hit the nail on the head with this poignant, difficult one act about the intricacies of race and the layered subtleties of contemporary racism. The writing is delicate and precise: it does not oversimplify the characters into protagonist and antagonist, rather it leaves the audience questioning where one draws the line between personal character and moral stance. As for the acting, both Chad Smith and Grayson Low do absolute justice to complex characters who could easily become trite or stereotypical if delivered incorrectly. It is clear that both actors understand their roles, and what is more impressive, sympathize with both sides of the table, as it were. Truly a gem, which will likely and deservedly see many more runs as the first of Trumbull's many successes."

sweet - Abby W


"Monday Morning explores the complicated and dynamic relationship between two co-workers amidst a racially charged controversy. The impressive performances by the two main characters, played by Grayson Lowe and and Chad Smith, submerges the audience into two opposing perspectives, ultimately allowing the viewer to form a strong emotional connection to both characters and viewpoints. The play frames the controversy in the broader social-economic and historical sense which provides a context for the viewer who, like me, knows nothing of the intricacies of the American college football culture and politics. An enticing, emotional roller coaster journey eliciting strong emotional reactions, this play will definitely leave you thinking!"

sweet - Megan De Souza


""DAMN" is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about Nathan Trumbull's play Monday Morning. The writing is impressive and watching Grayson Low and Chad Smith bring these words to life on stage is mesmerizing. Definitely will be on the lookout for what these guys have in store next. Can't wait to watch it again!!!"

sweet - Warren Barrow


"I had the pleasure of watching Monday Morning in it's first run. I really enjoyed this play. It's a necessasy look into race relations in America. This is a topic that needs to be brought to light and it was done beautifully."

sweet - Pierre Habib


"Would't be surprised to see Monday Morning make it to a regional or b'way theatre. Relevant, poignant, challenging. Fantastic performances from Grayson and Chad. Highly recommend."

sweet - phoebe


"I love this play! The writing is so nuanced and the acting is true. I never thought I'd see a play like this. Finally a place where the current state of public opinion in this country can be aired out and truly understand what the real issues are without demeaning anyone. I believe this conversation is probably going on in many places in America and if it isn't, after seeing this play this very important conversation will start happening. See this play!"

sweet - Chelsea Holley


"Fantastic one act tackling an issue that has garnered massive amounts of attention in our smart phone era. A movement still relevant and louder than ever. This play carefully weaves to uncover a person's true intentions without providing us with a blanket overstatement, which would have been easy for them to do. I highly recommend this show to anyone wishing to see both mindsets on the topic. Both actors did a fantastic job with their roles and their work should not be missed."

sweet - Vinu I


"I eff'ing hate plays! I find them unengaging, thanks to stalking rolling picture films my entire life. The flashing lights have rotted my brain! You were right Papa! Ugh!! This sharp quick witted fast paced talking mouth piece snagged my focus, thanks to the brilliant acting from Grayson Low and Chad Smith! Nathan Trumbull is one hell of a writer. Honestly, when I saw it had even an inkling of sports talk, I wanted to jump in-front of a bus! Mr. Trumbull delicately balanced need to know football jergin with real life issues, we still face today. An important piece for a fragile time we are living. Grayson Low is a rising star you want to witness now, so down the road you can tell your friends you saw him before he blew up. He is a force to be reckon with and is natural talent destined to go far. He is someone you want to watch rise into greatness! - DM"

sweet - Daren M


"Saw Monday Morning with Grayson Low and Chad Smith- wow! A contemporary play that really packs a punch, the writing is sharp and the acting was fantastic. I will definitely being seeing this one again."

sweet - Ana G