Our Dear Dead Drug Lord @ 12th Avenue Arts
Are you there, Pablo Escobar 🕯️
Published April 21, 2023
April 28th – May 15th
Washington Ensemble Theatre (AKA WET) is a local theatrical specialist in provocative fare, never one to shy away from topics and tones that terrify other companies. Great offerings from their past include the searing Pulitzer finalist Dance Nation, Aleshea Harris’ crackling neo-western revenge thriller Is God Is, the Sara Porkalob-directed Straight White Men, Jennifer Haley’s discomfiting cyberspace drama The Nether, and the Stephen Adly Guirgis farce The Motherf*cker with the Hat.
As WET wraps up its 19th season, which includes the latest edition of reSET (a series of dance and performance arts pieces staged in front of their mainstage set; get it?), get ready for My Dear Dead Drug Lord.
Written by Alexis Scheer, it’s a sympathetic but twisted tale about four teen members (Pipe, Zoom, Kit, and Squeeze) of the Dead Leaders Club. Now gathered in Pipe’s treehouse circa 2008, the private school girls attempt to use black magic in order to communicate with none other than Pablo Escobar. Is this truly within their abilities, or are they covering for emotions buried deep within?
Directed by Sophie Franco (who was seen at WET in 2019’s B) and written by Alexis Scheer (who on the entire opposite end of the theatrical spectrum is a co-writer of the newly transferred Andrew Lloyd Webber megamusical Bad Cinderella), Your Dear Dead Drug Lord will likely split you open, have a little fun playing around inside, and then shoot you back onto the sidewalk outside of 12th Ave Arts.
📸: Courtesy Washington Ensemble Theatre