We had our first table-read of Zury’s thesis play last night, and you guys- it was amazing. I’m so excited. Our professors called it “Cheech and Chong meets Dexter”. At points we had to stop reading because we were laughing too hard. It’s going to be the funniest, weirdest, sweetest play about illegal organ harvesting that you will see this year.
(Zury, don’t punch me.)
Megan and I typically can’t get through a draft (or even go ahead with an idea) unless we talk it out completely with each other, and so while we’re very familiar with each other’s work in all its stages, Zury works alone. And so we won’t really know what she’s up to. She’ll work on an idea and live with it, and emerge a few months later with a story that is absolutely delightful and funny and surprising- like herself!
Last year we had a staged reading of Zury’s play ‘Señorita Monthly Juice’ (just as amazing as it sounds) directed by Jesus Reyes of East LA Rep, and I’m sure everyone who was there will remember it as one of the best readings they’ve seen, not just at USC, but anywhere. It was a delightful wicked, uproariously funny satire, and last night our professors said that this new play was similar, but had even more depth to it.
Basically, it best represents Zury as she is, and I can’t wait to see how this play develops over the course of this semester. I can’t wait for everyone to see it up on its feet in May!