Comic actors Tatum Hunter and Kevin Crowley
bring a new energy to scripted comedy in Cincinnati
45 SECOND CHALLENGE, a new play written by Tatum Hunter, directed by Bridget Leak and performed by Tatum Hunter and Kevin Crowley, will run from Aug. 3 to Aug. 6 at the Graydon Head & Ritchey event space at 1421 Main in Over-the-Rhine.
Cincinnati’s comedy scene has been growing with the creation of ComedySportz Cincinnati, big business moves from groups like OTRimprov and Improv Cincinnati and more small venues like Video Archive and Myrtle’s Punch House offering stand-up shows. But scripted theatre is still largely held separate from the city’s developing comedy scene, with no popular sketch show in town and most funny plays marketed as lighthearted dramedies.
Hunter and Crowley are looking to change that. They want to encourage more comedians to present scripted pieces and connect more theater-makers and patrons with the local comedy scene.
Hunter and Crowley are professional actors and dedicated, experienced improv comedians. Hunter just finished a yearlong contract at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Crowley has appeared on the main stage at Steppenwolf and Second City in Chicago and in many film and TV projects. Director Bridget Leak co-founded Cincinnati theatre company Queen City Flash; her work has appeared at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Know Theatre, Cincinnati Fringe Festival and Xavier University.
Hunter decided to write a dark comedy to perform with Crowley after seeing him perform at an improv show in Northside.
“Kevin is one of the most hilarious and talented people I know, and I saw potential for us as a duo because our energies are so totally opposite,” Hunter said. “He didn’t bat an eye when I said I wanted to do live theatre about the Internet, and he’s helped turn a semi-ridiculous idea into a show that we’re both really proud of.”
Here’s the show in a nutshell: In a world a little bit stranger than our own (but only a little bit), a father and daughter start an online fundraising campaign to commemorate their late wife and mother. However, their idea quickly spins out of control and threatens to destroy their relationship, their town and the world. Hunter and Crowley play an entire cast of characters, including a sadistic mayor with a longstanding grudge, her blindly loyal assistant, a wannabe motivational speaker and a crop of narcissistic townspeople that definitely won’t remind you of yourself.
45 SECOND CHALLENGE uses comedy to take a closer look at Internet activism, Facebook politics and the unshakable pull of self-interest. Absolutely zero children should be brought into this show.
Tickets are available at 45secondchallenge.weebly.com for 8 p.m. on Aug. 3-5 and 2 p.m. on Aug. 6. Tickets will also be available at the door – cash and credit accepted. Please join us for craft beers at 7 p.m. on opening night.