The adventures of two 14-year-old girls as they plan to commit grand larceny against a country music star is the topic of a scripted podcast series which New City Players will present.
The Ft. Lauderdale theater company, a not-for-profit ensemble company with a goal of creating community through transformative theater, will release episodes every Friday, one per week, beginning Oct. 2. Altogether, the series runs for five episodes, ranging from 20-25 minutes each.
The piece’s title is Little Montgomery. New York City playwright Stephen Brown created the episodic audio experience, based on his play with the same title.
In Little Montgomery, Megan and Kimmy are 14-year-old best friends. And their plan is to commit grand larceny against country music star Rick Montgomery. As they put their plan into play, secrets spill, people sing songs, “and teenage girls will find out how difficult it is to exact revenge,” reads a press release.
South Florida theater audiences might remember Brown as the author of Everything is Super Great. That play, about loss and grief, experienced its co-world premiere last year at Theatre Lab in Boca Raton and Off-Broadway at 59E59. You can read more about Everything is Super Great at https://theatricalmusings.com/reviews-by-theater/everything-is-super-great-is-a-relatable-touching-new-play.
But for Brown, everything in life has not been super great. For instance, before he wrote Little Montgomery, he endured severe writer’s block and depression. As a result, Brown stopped communicating with people.
“But the one person who refused to go away was my best friend,” he said in his playwright’s message on New City Players’ website, newcityplayers.org. That best friend “would talk to me every day and forcibly pump me up with encouragement and love and sunshine and sparkles. He got me through it to the other side. So when my writer’s block finally broke, I was filled with this yearning to be around other people.”
But Brown didn’t only experience yearing. He also felt “gratitude to my best friend for sticking by my side for two years of absolute misery. I had this new understanding of how powerful friendship can be.”
That understanding helped inform his writing in Little Montgomery.
“I just started writing all these people who were yearning for that friendship that was so important to me,” Brown said.
If nothing else, he encourages people who experience Little Montgomery to “send a text to your best friend saying you love them.”
New City Players Producing Artistic Director Timothy Mark Davis is directing the series. In addition to Davis, it stars Krystal Millie Valdes, Casey Sacco, David A. Hyland, Gregg Weiner, Elizabeth Price, and Laura Creel.
“Functionally, this podcast is taking the place of a fall production for us,” Davis said.
Little Montgomery will be available for free on all major podcasting platforms. Visit www.newcityplayers.org/littlemontgomery to learn more and choose your listening platform. Or, you can search “Little Montgomery” in your favorite podcast app.
Aaron Krause writes about theater and the arts.