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January 29, 2014
Secrets Revealed in Jake Jeppson’s The Clearing

In a recent review of "The Clearing" our theater critic wrote that Drama Desk Award-winning director Josh Hecht "keeps his audience completely captive...and his work with the cast is nothing short of terrific." (Read the full review here.)  Written by Jake Jeppson, the play follows two brothers who climb to the top of a gorge where they roast marshmallows, tell stories, and remember a long-buried secret that comes to the surface when one brother's love interest digs a little too deep.  With a wonderfully realistic set by Daniel Zimmerman and a magnetic ensemble of actors, there are many reasons to see this mysteriously compelling play.

StageBuddy's Glenn Quentin caught up with actors Allison Daugherty, Gene Gallerano, Brian McManamon, and Brian P. Murphy to chat about the rehearsal process, their characters, and what this play evokes.


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Review: The Clearing

By Jose Solis

The Ellis siblings, Chris (Brian P. Murphy) and Les (Brian McManamon), are hiding a secret that has haunted them for almost two decades, which has left Chris mentally unstable and has turned Les into his guardian, preventing him from developing meaningful relationships of his own. The brothers commemorate this event every year in a location they refer to as “the clearing” (wonderfully evoked through Daniel Zimmerman’s set design); a hidden spot up in the mountains where they roast marshmallows, practice their wolf howls and cherish the presence of a ghost they both fear and cherish. When Les falls in love with photographer Peter (Gene Gallerano), who with the flash of his smile and camera, seems to promise him a new beginning, Chris takes a turn for the worst, forcing his brother to make the most important decision of his life. As written by Jake Jeppson, the play works like a psychological thriller in which the audience is involved in trying to solve a mystery that might not have the easiest of solutions. But Jeppson is too clever a writer to allow this enigma to take over the importance of his characters and halfway through the play you realize that the mystery is nothing but a g …Read more

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