by Joseph Zettelmaier
November 7 - December 29, 2019
*Special Black Tie Benefit Performance Saturday, November 16, 2019*
Thursdays & Fridays | 8:30 P.M.
Saturdays | 3 P.M. & 8:30 P.M.
Sundays | 2 P.M. & 7:30 P.M.
*Please note, due to the intimacy of the theatre, latecomers will not be seated until intermission.
A southern gothic.
”You’re a big, fat channel cat...eating up anything that touches your whiskers…no matter how big they get, someone always ends up sinking a hook in them.”
The Cully Shack BBQ Joint has been an institution of Mound Bayou for decades. As Otis Cully and his daughter Ada close up one night, the county sheriff arrives for some fried okra and reminiscing. A buried secret is about to be unearthed, a past sin that Otis and the sheriff both hoped was long behind them. What starts as a cordial sit-down turns into a violent encounter that will change three lives forever. Contains strong language.
The World Premiere of Channel Cat will be directed by Harry Wetzel. Mr. Wetzel played Inspector Hargreaves in The Case of the Missing Part of Speech in 6th grade. Forty years later, he appeared with International Film Star Barbara Sukowa in the Sci-fi TV series Twelve Monkeys. Coincidence? He makes all the sets here at the Rep, directs shows, and recently, he played Karl Marx, live onstage! Lately, he and his Feminist Kittycat, Aleksandra, have been enjoying Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto #2, over and over again. Also Sour Cream.
Channel Cat is written by Michigander Joseph Zettelmaier.
Joseph Zettelmaier is a Michigan-based playwright and four-time nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award for best new play, first in 2006 for All Childish Things, then in 2007 for Language Lessons, in 2010 for It Came From Mars and in 2012 for Dead Man’s Shoes. His plays The Stillness Between Breaths and It Came From Mars were selected to appear in the National New Play Network’s Festival of New Plays. It Came From Mars was a recipient of 2009’s Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. Dead Man’s Shoes received the same award in 2011. Joseph is an adjunct lecturer at Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches Dramatic Composition, Stage Management, Stage Combat, and Play Production. He's also theatre faculty at Schoolcraft College. He’s an Artistic Associate and Resident Playwright at First Folio Theatre, an At Large Ambassador for the National New Play Network, and can be reached at his website jzettelmaier.com.