The Business of Mortal Clock Removal is a Bloody One

by moxielicious


Graphic Design by Tess Rigby

“I think people are hungry for fantasy that’s not whimsical. So the concept is magical, but the execution, I want that to be absolutely real. Which means lots of blood and guts,” says playwright Marisa Wegrzyn when asked about her new play Hickorydickory which was awarded the Wendy Wasserstein Prize for Drama in 2009. Now this dark, magical and wickedly funny comedy makes its West Coast premiere at MOXIE November 17 – December 16, 2012.


Linda Libby and Wendy Waddell in The Butcher of Baraboo at MOXIE. Photo by Erin Bigley

Hickorydickory isn’t MOXIE’s first dance with playwright Marisa Wegrzyn. In 2009, MOXIE won critical acclaim for their production of Wegrzyn’s dark comedy The Butcher of Baraboo, and then again in 2011 with her equally funny Ten Cent Night.  Hickorydickory, however, is a new turn for the playwright. The play is set in a very special watch and clock repair shop in a suburb of Chicago with a secret history. For five generations the Wicker Watch and Clock Repair shop has specialized in servicing the “unfortunate few” who were born with their mortal clock in their brain, ticking loudly…instead of in their heart, where the rest of us luckily have our mortal clocks, and live in ignorance of its activity or even existence. If this sounds like a page out of Harry Potter, take a second look. Wegrzyn’s play is set in our time, the world is our world, but Wegrzyn has added an ingenious device, mortal clocks. This dark comedy is a compelling examination of the time we have and the people we love enough to give it to. “Marisa’s work combines two of my favorite things about Chicago performance – the comic tradition of Second City and gritty American ensemble work of Steppenwolf Theatre, but in a voice that completely original and also uniquely American” says MOXIE Artistic Director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. Which makes it a perfect fit for MOXIE’s Eighth season titled “Home of the Brave”. And “brave” it is. A dark comedy about nothing less than mortality, complete with live on-stage surgery, a cast of five who play nine characters and an epic story which jumps backward and forward in time over an eighteen year period and a mystical watch repair shop…now that’s moxielicious.

Hickorydickory runs 17 Nov – 16 Dec, 2012. Opening Night Nov 24th at 8pm includes a post-show reception.  Call 858-598-7620 CLICK HERE to purchase tickets now.