David Hanbury talks Women in Crisis and new directions for Mrs. Smith
Hot off the heels of his Guthrie Theater debut in Servant of Two Masters, playwright and actor David Hanbury's got a slew of exciting stuff in store, including the next round of the Women in Crisis Film Series at the Bryant-Lake Bowl this weekend, and the return of Mrs. Smith Live in May. Hanbury will also be launching a new Mrs. Smith concept re-imagined as a children's show to be developed at the prestigious Berkley Rep. In it, Mrs. Smith and her cat, Carlyle, travel through space.
Like past events in this series, the fun is in the audience talking back to the movie, led by Hanbury and a panel of his snarky friends.
The Landlady, a quality piece of cinema
Meanwhile, Hanbury is excited that he and his collaborator, Andrew Rasmussen, have been selected to be a part of a summer lab at the Ground Floor, Berkley Rep's Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. They'll be developing Mrs. Smith and Carlyle: To Mars and Back Again!, where Carlyle goes to outer space and Mrs. Smith goes after him. The two-week residency will give the team a space to work and a place to stay while they develop their show. The piece is intended to be educational, Hanbury says, exploring the solar system and the moon and such, but it will also have all the Mrs. Smith ridiculousness that fans are used to. "Andrew and I have very clear ideas about what this show could be," he says. "We're excited about it."
While Mrs. Smith started as a concept for adults, he thinks the character is great for a children's audience, too. In fact, his nephews, who enjoyed the story around the ages three and eight, were completely transfixed by the tales of Mrs. Smith and Carlyle. Not a lot needs to be changed from the original show, either. "I don't do blue humor," Hanbury says.
IF YOU GO:
10 p.m. Friday, April 5
$7-10 sliding scale.
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