Thingamajig Theatre Preparing to Deliver the Wit and Wisdom of ‘Siberia’

By Dale Scrivener

It was just a cold read-through, but as the actors seated around playwright Karl Isberg spoke his words from the pages and put him face-to-face with his characters, the writer’s work became realized.

“What have I done?” Isberg said.

If you know, Karl, there’s no more fitting response.

Co-Directors Laura Moore and Boni McIntyre will direct the world premiere of Isberg’s acerbic and witty comedy, Welcome to Siberia – Now, Go Home, opening Friday, February 16 at Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

Now in their seventh season, Thingamajig Theatre Company has accustomed audiences to seeing February plays performed by their peers — but for a first time, the featured presentation is written by a local, professional community member, who is also well-known to the Pagosa area.

“It’s an exciting transition, presenting local work,” says co-director Boni McIntyre. “Seeing this fictional community on the page come to life and then experiencing pieces of it at your own grocery store later that same day… I think our audiences will get a kick out of the similarities presented.”

Isberg’s Siberia follows multiple actors of varying ages, recalling various accounts of small-town living. It delves into the stages of life, professions, and local color.

“It’s like nothing you’ve ever heard or seen on the Thingamajig stage,” remarks co-director Laura Moore “and that’s a really good thing. All the performers are hilarious and have connected in hilarious ways to Karl’s script. Don’t miss this one: it could be you, that your neighbors are chuckling about.”

This year Thingamajig Theatre is presenting “Parent’s Night Out” on February 17. Thingamajig Theatre Company will entertain your kids at no additional cost while you enjoy the show! Reservations must be made and paid for in advance to enjoy this perk (… no exceptions.) Call the box office for details.

Thingamajig Theatre Company presents Welcome to Siberia – Now, Go Home opening February 16. Written by Karl Isberg. Directed by Laura Moore and Boni McIntyre. For tickets and show information visit pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW (7469).

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