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Brüka brings ‘Bug’ to life
by Cortney Maddock
Jan 13, 2010 | 966 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Brüka will bring a little bit of love, a side of paranoia and a smidge of conspiracy into the new year with the first production of 2010, “Bug,” which opens Friday at the downtown theater. 

The play centers around a confused and chaotic couple, Agnes and Peter, that live in a Oklahoma City motel room plagued with bedbugs and nightmares. Unable to tell the difference between reality and the dreams, Agnes and Peter slowly start to lose their minds. 

Keeping tight-lipped on the performance’s plot line, producer Mary Bennett said the Brüka picked “Bug” because of the subject matter. 

“We chose to do ‘Bug’ because it is so relevant to today’s paranoid stories that have come out of our different societies,” Bennett said. “We like the edginess of it.” 

Edgy as “Bug” might be, Bennett warns that the performance should be seen by eyes 18 years and older. 

“We felt ‘Bug’ represented one pocket of our world right now, but can be very extreme,” Bennett said. “There is simulated drug use and nudity and extreme situations.” 

In addition to “Bug,” Brüka will showcase Los Angeles playwright John Tyler McClain’s readings of three short plays on Sunday, including “The French Algerian,” “Buyer’s Remorse” and “Fishsticks.” 

“It’s kind of like a literary event too,” Bennett said. “It’s so that new writers or playwrights can hear their work in front of a stage audience.”

For a staged reading, Bennett explained, the playwright reads the play in front of the audience and after the reading is complete, there is an open conversation with the writer and the audience. 

“As a playwright, I’ve been able to move a couple plays forward in this way,” Bennett said. “It’s good to know if you’re sending out work that can be performed.” 

McClain’s readings include a case of mistaken identity in “The French Algerian”; the troubles that ensue when a man buys a house without consulting with his fiancé in “Buyer’s Remorse”; and a one-man monologue about a prisoner’s view on the Last Supper in “Fishsticks.”

Sunday’s readings begin at 2 p.m., cost $5 and the show is open to the public.

Bennett said the $5 ticket price is a good deal and she hopes people come out to support the arts. This month, the Brüka was chosen by the Riverwalk Merchants Association to receive a portion of January’s wine walk proceeds.

“Well, right now, all the arts have to reassess their businesses because of the way the economy has gone,” Bennett said. “At the Brüka we rely on 45 percent of our revenue from tickets sales; the rest comes from donations and grants. So doing the river walk right now is amazing because we are looking at taking a cut from those city grants that we have.

“It just couldn’t come at a better time right now,” Bennett said. “We are a small arts organization.” 

To support Brüka’s local theater productions, including “Bug,” which opens on Friday and continues Saturday with performances on Jan. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee on Jan. 24, tickets can be purchased by visiting, at the Melting Pot Emporium at 1047 S. Virginia St. in Reno or by calling 323-3221.

Tickets are $18 for general admission, $16 for students and seniors or $25 at the door.
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