Infinite Abyss Offers Twisted Take on Familiar Fable
In its first season, Infinite Abyss Productions has wowed critics with Martin McDonagh’s dark play, The Pillowman, explored transsexual angst in Hedwig and the Angry Inch and probed difficult personal choices in Mitzi’s Abortion. Now producers Erynn Dalton and Jeffrey D. Holmes are determined to show some racy comedy in their original play, Snow White Trash, making its premiere at Empire Stage.
“We don’t always want to do stuff that makes people walk out all depressed,” laughs the buoyant Dalton, who first began the script five years ago with Holmes. “It’s actually a little scary for us because once you get a reputation around town and receive accolades and now we’re doing something different.”
“Snow White Trash” got its start as a companion piece to “Alice Does Wonderland,” a work Dalton and Holmes staged at Sol Theatre, now Empire Stage. The duo did a reading for then-producer Robert Hooker who encouraged them to develop the script.
In fits and starts—and in between other plays—they continued to polish the work, which is a satire on the familiar tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
“It still follows the classic story with the evil stepmother,” Dalton promises, except instead of seven dwarfs there are four and they work at a bar called The Mineshaft, owned by Prince, who happens to be gay. Prince’s father has lots of money and he must marry to inherit his fortune. The only problem, Dalton says, is Prince still wants to play with the boys.
There is also an evil queen, determined to kill Snow White, and an enchanted mirror, played by Zachary Schwartz, a Jewish cantor in real life, who threatens to steal the show, expressing his commentary through zany showtunes.
Dalton likens the style of the show to the campy, gender-bending works of Charles Busch: “It’s pretty racy and Prince does do a strip tease on stage. He’s beautiful. It’s definitely going to appeal to our appeal to our [LGBT] audience, but also anybody who likes comedy.”
And while Snow White Trash is definitely not the kind of serious drama they’ve tackled before, she says it’s just as difficult to successfully pull off comedy.
“Comedy is hard to do,” explains Dalton. “You have to have good actors to carry it off. We want to be able to do it all.”
“Snow White Trash”
Infinite Abyss Productions at Empire Stage
1140 N. Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Jan. 7 – 28
Tickets $25 at Infinite-Abyss.com or 954-678-1496