LIVE: "Finding Fathers" @ Space 360, Hudson [GailSez]
Eddie Allen and Rob Leo Roy are actors and friends. Both are members of Walking the dog’s OFF LEASH! Improv Ensemble, and both lost their father’s when they were very young. Finding Fathers is their play about coming to terms with that loss and how it impacts their lives to this day, especially their experiences as fathers themselves.
In the play two men named Eddie (Eddie Allen) and Rob (Rob Leo Roy) have walked far into the woods with the body of Eddie’s mother wrapped in a Persian rug in order to bury her according to her wishes. Of course it is illegal to do that, two modern-day middle-aged men couldn’t carry a body wrapped in a rug that deep into the wilderness, nor would they really be so absent-minded as to bring sand shovels for the task and forget the flashlights. But this is a play set in the enchanted forest of memories and longings and dreams.
Space 360 is an 1870 brick building, I assume originally a private home, located at 360 Warren Street in Hudson, NY, which has been turned into a “state-of-the-art business, training, and party center.” It is an interesting concept and one that seems to be working for the creative and resourceful owners of the space. I can understand how the spaces work for classes, conferences, social gatherings, and even a little bed & breakfast for out-of-town clients, but I can’t imagine who thought the room on the top floor was a good place to stage a play. Intimate is the operative word – Walking the dog was able to squeeze in about 30 seats, a playing area and a tech table. I don’t like to sit too close to the stage but my choices were the first row or the second row, and neither got me far enough away that I felt like an observer.
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