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by Jason Wells                                                                                                                                                                      December 2013

directed by Skola Summers                                                                                                                                           Hyde Park Theatre

The North Plan was Street Corner Arts’ return to the fast-paced, politically-charged world of Jason Wells, writer of their 2011 hit, Men of Tortuga.  The Street Corner Arts’ production was the regional premiere of this pitch-black comedy. The North Plan tells the story of Carlton Berg, a bureaucrat for the U.S. State Department, who runs off with the top secret enemies list of a ruthless faction that has seized power in Washington creating a state of martial law.  Unfortunately for Carlton, the chase has come to an end in a police station in the Ozarks town of Lodus, Missouri. With a pair of Department of Homeland Security agents on the way, Carlton’s last hope arrives in the form of fellow prisoner Tanya Shepke, a motor-mouthed redneck who’s turned herself in for drunk driving and has a penchant for raising hell. The revolution will not be televised but it will have a soundtrack.


Indigo Rael

Rommel Sulit

Kristen Bennet

Garry Peters

Joe Penrod

& David Higgins


"Still, the show is perfectly cast, with Indigo Rael as the backwater babe-cum-revolutionary Tanya, and the white-mustachioed Garry Peters as Chief Swenson, the very picture of a tiny-town sheriff. Kristen Bennett imbues her role as the good girl admin, Shonda-From-the-Hood, with just the right amount of sweetness and light. Her turn at slapstick is right on the money."

Stacy Alexander Evans, Austin Chronicle


"Howls of delight met the finale and curtain call of The North Plan at the Hyde Park Theatre last night, an ovation more ecstatic and spontaneous than any I’ve heard in my six years of theatre going in Central Texas [...] Comedy arises directly from character and this cautionary farce is anything but unacceptably over the top. Maybe Berg and Tanya are leftie conspirators -- but on the other hand, maybe they're the last wildly disparate resistance against a dysfunctional encroaching central government, Ron Paul liberals carried to the extreme. Comedy occurs in our instant moment, while tragedy hovers mute against the horizon. Street Corner Arts has put a terrific entertainment on stage." 

Michael Meigs, CTX Live Theatre


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