Boulder’s The Catamounts announced the regional premiere of Eddie and Dave by Amy Staats at the People’s Building of Aurora, November 6-28, 2021.
The piece, which received its world premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York in January of 2019, is a gender-bending romp about that most infamous of artistic partnerships, that of David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen. The comedy explores the question: What do you do when the person you need the most is the one who drives you crazy?
Full of hair-band swagger, Eddie and Dave has a field day with the mix of cock-rock and feminine posturing that characterized the iconic Van Halen, by casting the members with women performers.
“This is the third in a series of plays we have produced which place non-male identified performers in the roles of historical men, after 2016’s The Taming by Lauren Gunderson and 2018’s Men On Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus,” said Artistic Director Amanda Berg Wilson. “We’re ever intrigued by what happens to iconic American myths–like that of the rise and fall of a rock band–are brought to life with performers whose gender and race does not correspond with the gender and race of the historic people. How does it re-frame these stories, and point us toward a differently occupied future?”
“Plus,” adds Berg Wilson, “After these difficult few years, we’re excited to welcome audiences back to indoor theatre with something that is first and foremost tons of fun.”
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