‘Ripcord’ at Omaha Community Playhouse


January 23rd, 2018

Omaha Community Playhouse starts the run of their next comedy tomorrow, Ripcord, written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman.

“Ripcord is about two women who are living as roommates in a senior living facility in New Jersey,” Hickman said. “One of the women has been there for four years. The other woman has been there for only a few weeks, and they do not really live well together. The woman who’s been there the longest, Abby, she’s very principled. She has her ways. She’s very set in them, and the other woman Marilyn is much more of a go-with-the-flow-type of person I would say.”

Abby and Marilyn are forced to share a room together, and the two women develop a sort of “Odd-Couple” relationship. As Abby attempts to get rid of her unwanted new roommate, a series of bets soon escalates into a game of one-upmanship.

“A fake mugging, to a drugging, to skydiving, you name it. They just sort of lose control and do all kinds of crazy things to each other.”

That amount of action happening on the stage was made possible by set designer, Paul Pape.

“It’s very different from what I think a lot of Playhouse audiences are going to expect. The set is made out of steel and cord, and Paul has put these two materials together to let the set breathe in a way. The steel posts can be moved around which the cords are attached to, so with that we sort of create these imaginary walls in different configurations. It makes more sense when you see it, but it’s really cool and it’s been a really interesting experiment to rearrange these steel beams with these cords and figure out what different types of architecture we can create for the audience’s imagination with just those two elements.”

In Hickman’s opinion, once scene in particular proved to be a major challenge in the production.

“The skydiving scene I think has been really interesting to stage. How do we physically show that they’re skydiving? How do we make it seem as realistic as we can when we’re on a stage? That’s been really a very collaborative effort, I think, by the actors and myself and certainly the set and props designers. The lighting designer has been a huge part of that, the sound designer, really everyone’s come together to make that particular moment be what it needs and from everything to their jumpsuits that they’re wearing. It’s a tandem skydive too, so they have to be attached. A lot of lot of effort has gone into the skydiving scene.”

Ripcord will show open at Omaha Community Playhouse Friday Jan. 19 and run until Feb. 11. Show times are Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. For more information or tickets, visit OmahaPlayhouse.com


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