Treason

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Reviews: 3

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Reviews: 4

A dark comedy on the danger and absurdity of American politics.

Taking inspiration from the family drama of Arthur Miller and the gallows humor of Martin McDonagh, TREASON explores the entitled toxicity of our current president and his surrounding culture without relying on recent headlines.

Synopsis- On a ranch in Nevada, Grant Wilson rules a made-up nation through empty shows of power and ridiculous propaganda, with his family as his only subjects. When his son takes the mission too far and his daughter questions everything, Grant fights for control in the face of family, country, and reality.

Written by Eric DePriester
Directed by Lindsay Nyman and Eric DePriester
Music by Eric Cannata and Francois Comtois (of Young the Giant)

CAST
Dave Crossland … Grant Wilson
Dalia Vosylius … Candice Wilson
Emma Center … Savannah Wilson
Colby Rummell … Kyle Wilson
Ra Hanna … Raymond

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Reviews

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"WOW! Treason has one of the strongest casts I’ve seen at Fringe this year. Every character is real, honest, and completely connected. The well written script helps them achieve this feat with honest family moments, tense dramatic moments, and a well thought out arc. An all around great show. The actors were spot on. The characters were so well written. The story and arc of the show were great. I pretty much enjoyed it all! Special kudos to the original music which really set the tone perfectly."

sweet - Christi Pedigo


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"RICHARD III meets THE SIMPSONS Richard III: Even though Grant Wilson is such a evil and tyrannical figure, he still harnesses a charisma that's allowed him to have control over his family for decades. The Simpsons: The less than competent patriarch, the mild-mannered supportive wife, the dumb and reckless son and the supremely intelligent daughter. We start off with the family playing a Risk like board game. In these opening moments, the whole family are using political war terminology and are all wrapped up in the game. After the Mother and daughter win, Grant Wilson takes losing sorely and flips the table in anger. For the girls, the game is over. For Grant Wilson, the game never ends. The play is set on a ranch in Nevada, in the kitchen/study of the Grant residence AKA the central hub of the State of Callipoly, a country founded by the figurehead of the family, Grant Wilson. For the past two decades Grant has been ruling his house as a political figure, concocting imaginary interviews with himself that are made only to boost his ego. The plot comes from a somewhat typical neighborly dispute over land boundaries. But for Grant Wilson, this is a declaration of war and he is willing to risk everything but his pride. It was more dramatic than I expected. The comedy is of such a dark nature as you end up feeling sorry for the rest of the family being stuck with Grant as the family Patriarch. While Grant is the figurehead, the real star is the intelligent and resourceful daughter Savannah (Emma Center). At the beginning, she came across as just a typical high school girl that felt weirded out by her family. But as the story progresses, Savannah becomes the free-thinking hero, desperately trying to protect her brainwashed family from their dictator dad. Dave Crossland plays Grant with the bravado and authority of a nightmarish drill sergeant that was absolutely captivating throughout. There is a real entertainment watching Grant rambunctiously throw a hissy fit over every little thing not going his way. However I would have liked Grant to have more redeemable qualities. It was so easy to dislike him the way he treated everyone. I would have loved to see what he was like when he first founded Callipoli. Maybe he started out idealistic, desperately chasing the perfect utopia that America failed to deliver to him. There were two different music scores that really stuck out for me. One was a Soviet-esque type of anthem, the other was this ominous surfer rock, desert track that set the tone of the play. The relationship between religion and state was interesting. Grant puts himself on the same level if not higher than god. He manipulates religion to fit his own values Colby Rummell plays the son as a brainwashed future school shooter that wouldn't of looked out of place in the Hitler Youth. He came across incredibly dense and gross but you feel sorry for him because he is a product of his upbringing. The wife played by Dalia Vosylius as the god fearing religious mother who is subservient to her husband. Ra Hanna plays the reasonable neighbor with such a nonchalant realism it perfectly contrasts with Grant's over the top hotheadedness. Treason sucks you in as an audience, trapped in a room with a deranged leader who's terrifying in how unpredictable he is. It's a boiler room dark comedy. What I will say is there were times where you feel you should laugh at Grant's ridiculous demands of his family but you feel so much sympathy for the mother and daughter, that you desperately want them to escape him. In other words, good show."

sweet - Oliver Boon


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"The entire cast should be praised for their acting efforts, very rarely is such chemistry present between a group of four actors together, if you had told me they have been working onstage together for years, I would have believed you. Overall this is an extremely sharp, skillful written dark comedy, that exposes a genuine and severe rising issue in today's culture. An intimate and really thoughtful and well-executed production from top to bottom. There is so much potential here that I can easily see this story turned into a full production or feature film. Easily one of the best shows, I have seen on stage in recent history, this is the type of performance that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat from beginning to end. It is with certainty I highly recommend checking out this show. "

sweet - Mike Reyes - Mike Check - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey
"...It’s clear the project wasn’t intended that way and with a few small tweaks could get it to that perfect balance, but until then, it’s a well-structured satire with good performances, all-too-relatable characters, and a tale of caution. Recommended"

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia On the Move - ...read full review


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"What I liked The writing. What Eric DePriester has managed to do is represent every American politics in a family portrait that is meant to make the audience feel uncomfortable because the polarization is all too disturbingly familiar. Standout performances by Dave Crossland as Grant Wilson and his rebellious daughter Savannah played by Emma Center. What I didn't like The transitions were a bit too long in between when they switched from the kitchen to Grant’s office. Luckily I love the score so I didn’t mind it much. My overall impression Treason has a tension meter that starts to boil early on the show as we see the Wilsons fight over a board game up until we see how deep the rabbit hole goes. Grant Wilson’s performance is authoritarian, mean, xenophobic, stubborn, violent, tyrannical yet you can’t take your eyes away from him."

sweet - Victor Sotomayor


Patrick Chavis
"The comedic direction from this play is straight, but the situations are so outlandish the comedy in the scenes speak for themselves, making the straight deadpan approach perfect for the script."

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


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"The tension building in this play was top-notch. As soon as it started, the action hooked me and I could not get free even if I wanted to. The escalation was suitably ridiculous but managed to stay grounded somehow. I could hardly believe an hour had gone by when all was said and done. The actors are all fantastic too, each one of them playing their roles with incredible commitment. Each character had such a strong, clear, and different point of view that their interactions left me laughing, furious, and frightened. There is a lot to deconstruct in the way the characters behave - each one is a stand-in for a particular type of person and a savvy viewer will see the political arguments play out even though most of the dialogue stays away from actually being overtly political. It would have been so easy for this show to have been little more than navel-gazing social commentary. I'm so glad that it had much more meat than that. And can I just say that the ending couple lines of the show are delicious? As a tight, tense, familial drama steeped in the politics of the day, it works perfectly. I'm sitting here, trying to think of a critique or two, but nothing's coming. This play was a masterclass in increasing tension and does a wonderful job bringing macro issues down to a micro level. It's a whirlwind of a ride that you should not miss this Fringe!"

sweet - Drew Petriello


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"The entire cast should be praised for their acting efforts, very rarely is such chemistry present between a group of four actors together, if you had told me they have been working onstage together for years, I would have believed you. Overall this is an extremely sharp, skillful written dark comedy, that exposes a genuine and severe rising issue in today's culture. An intimate and really thoughtful and well-executed production from top to bottom. There is so much potential here that I can easily see this story turned into a full production or feature film. Easily one of the best shows, I have seen on stage in recent history, this is the type of performance that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat from beginning to end. It is with certainty I highly recommend checking out this show. "

sweet - Mike Reyes - Mike Check - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey
"...It’s clear the project wasn’t intended that way and with a few small tweaks could get it to that perfect balance, but until then, it’s a well-structured satire with good performances, all-too-relatable characters, and a tale of caution. Recommended"

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia On the Move - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis
"The comedic direction from this play is straight, but the situations are so outlandish the comedy in the scenes speak for themselves, making the straight deadpan approach perfect for the script."

sweet - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


Avatar
"WOW! Treason has one of the strongest casts I’ve seen at Fringe this year. Every character is real, honest, and completely connected. The well written script helps them achieve this feat with honest family moments, tense dramatic moments, and a well thought out arc. An all around great show. The actors were spot on. The characters were so well written. The story and arc of the show were great. I pretty much enjoyed it all! Special kudos to the original music which really set the tone perfectly."

sweet - Christi Pedigo


Avatar
"RICHARD III meets THE SIMPSONS Richard III: Even though Grant Wilson is such a evil and tyrannical figure, he still harnesses a charisma that's allowed him to have control over his family for decades. The Simpsons: The less than competent patriarch, the mild-mannered supportive wife, the dumb and reckless son and the supremely intelligent daughter. We start off with the family playing a Risk like board game. In these opening moments, the whole family are using political war terminology and are all wrapped up in the game. After the Mother and daughter win, Grant Wilson takes losing sorely and flips the table in anger. For the girls, the game is over. For Grant Wilson, the game never ends. The play is set on a ranch in Nevada, in the kitchen/study of the Grant residence AKA the central hub of the State of Callipoly, a country founded by the figurehead of the family, Grant Wilson. For the past two decades Grant has been ruling his house as a political figure, concocting imaginary interviews with himself that are made only to boost his ego. The plot comes from a somewhat typical neighborly dispute over land boundaries. But for Grant Wilson, this is a declaration of war and he is willing to risk everything but his pride. It was more dramatic than I expected. The comedy is of such a dark nature as you end up feeling sorry for the rest of the family being stuck with Grant as the family Patriarch. While Grant is the figurehead, the real star is the intelligent and resourceful daughter Savannah (Emma Center). At the beginning, she came across as just a typical high school girl that felt weirded out by her family. But as the story progresses, Savannah becomes the free-thinking hero, desperately trying to protect her brainwashed family from their dictator dad. Dave Crossland plays Grant with the bravado and authority of a nightmarish drill sergeant that was absolutely captivating throughout. There is a real entertainment watching Grant rambunctiously throw a hissy fit over every little thing not going his way. However I would have liked Grant to have more redeemable qualities. It was so easy to dislike him the way he treated everyone. I would have loved to see what he was like when he first founded Callipoli. Maybe he started out idealistic, desperately chasing the perfect utopia that America failed to deliver to him. There were two different music scores that really stuck out for me. One was a Soviet-esque type of anthem, the other was this ominous surfer rock, desert track that set the tone of the play. The relationship between religion and state was interesting. Grant puts himself on the same level if not higher than god. He manipulates religion to fit his own values Colby Rummell plays the son as a brainwashed future school shooter that wouldn't of looked out of place in the Hitler Youth. He came across incredibly dense and gross but you feel sorry for him because he is a product of his upbringing. The wife played by Dalia Vosylius as the god fearing religious mother who is subservient to her husband. Ra Hanna plays the reasonable neighbor with such a nonchalant realism it perfectly contrasts with Grant's over the top hotheadedness. Treason sucks you in as an audience, trapped in a room with a deranged leader who's terrifying in how unpredictable he is. It's a boiler room dark comedy. What I will say is there were times where you feel you should laugh at Grant's ridiculous demands of his family but you feel so much sympathy for the mother and daughter, that you desperately want them to escape him. In other words, good show."

sweet - Oliver Boon


Avatar
"What I liked The writing. What Eric DePriester has managed to do is represent every American politics in a family portrait that is meant to make the audience feel uncomfortable because the polarization is all too disturbingly familiar. Standout performances by Dave Crossland as Grant Wilson and his rebellious daughter Savannah played by Emma Center. What I didn't like The transitions were a bit too long in between when they switched from the kitchen to Grant’s office. Luckily I love the score so I didn’t mind it much. My overall impression Treason has a tension meter that starts to boil early on the show as we see the Wilsons fight over a board game up until we see how deep the rabbit hole goes. Grant Wilson’s performance is authoritarian, mean, xenophobic, stubborn, violent, tyrannical yet you can’t take your eyes away from him."

sweet - Victor Sotomayor


Avatar
"The tension building in this play was top-notch. As soon as it started, the action hooked me and I could not get free even if I wanted to. The escalation was suitably ridiculous but managed to stay grounded somehow. I could hardly believe an hour had gone by when all was said and done. The actors are all fantastic too, each one of them playing their roles with incredible commitment. Each character had such a strong, clear, and different point of view that their interactions left me laughing, furious, and frightened. There is a lot to deconstruct in the way the characters behave - each one is a stand-in for a particular type of person and a savvy viewer will see the political arguments play out even though most of the dialogue stays away from actually being overtly political. It would have been so easy for this show to have been little more than navel-gazing social commentary. I'm so glad that it had much more meat than that. And can I just say that the ending couple lines of the show are delicious? As a tight, tense, familial drama steeped in the politics of the day, it works perfectly. I'm sitting here, trying to think of a critique or two, but nothing's coming. This play was a masterclass in increasing tension and does a wonderful job bringing macro issues down to a micro level. It's a whirlwind of a ride that you should not miss this Fringe!"

sweet - Drew Petriello