THE HONEYCOMB TRILOGY
Honeycomb Trilogy Q & A:
Q. WTF is The Honeycomb Trilogy?
A. The Honeycomb Trilogy is a 3 part sci-fi epic by Mac Rogers that premiered over 6 months in 2012 and earned two rave New York Times reviews, eight critic's picks, and one NYIT Award for Outstanding Premiere Production.
Q. If you already did these plays, why are you doing them again?
A. We have dreamed about running the Trilogy in rep since 2012, but couldn't find the right space for it until the amazing folks at The Gym at Judson reached out to us. The Trilogy began with readings upstairs in the Judson Memorial Church Choir Loft, so this feels like coming home.
Q. How is this whole "rep" thing going to work?
A. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights at 8pm, you can see individual plays from the Trilogy, with performance nights rotating from week to week. On Saturdays and Sundays, you can see the entire Trilogy in one day! Advance Man at 2pm, Blast Radius at 5pm, and Sovereign at 8:30pm.
Q. Are you people freaking crazy?
A. Probably a little. But we've road tested all three parts of The Honeycomb Trilogy and we know they work. Now we've just got to put it all together--and figure out how to transform the set from a 21st Century living room to a war zone to a ramshackle reconstruction courthouse, all in one day!
Q. OMG, this is going to be like that one time I binge-watched Battlestar Galactica!
A. Exactly. Except we hope to make you less angry with the ending.
Q. Will it be the same as last time? What will be different?
A. As of now, the vast majority of the original cast plans to return. The scripts aren't changing tremendously, but Mac has a few tricks up his sleeve. So figure it'll be about 20% more awesome than last time.
“As in ‘Blast Radius,’ Mr. Rogers displays an impressive control over his sprawling material, creating a convincing postapocalyptic world inside a sturdy theatrical structure. He is assisted again by the director Jordana Williams, whose emphasis on clarity is exactly what this plot-driven epic demands.” The New York Times – Critics’ Pick
Q. HOLY CRAP! WHEN CAN I SEE THESE SHOWS?
A. Performances begin October 13, 2015.
“The crackling alien-takeover drama can operate independently of its former installments. In fact, winding blind through the narrative maze...creates the sensation of gradually unfolding truth, of hearing a story at the edge of
great complexity. As for those who saw sections one and two, I’m assuming you were there at the Secret Theatre ahead of me. Who could stay away?” Time Out NY — Critics’ Pick
Ronnie in Advance Man and Blast Radius
Ronnie in Sovereign
Belinda in Advance Man
Wilkie in Sovereign
Abbie in Sovereign
Claret in Sovereign
Sharpe in Sovereign
Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy
Valerie in Advance Man
Conor in Advance Man and Blast Radius
Ana Maria Jomolca
Lynn in Advance Man
Raf in Advance Man
Zander in Sovereign
Felicia J. Hudson
Fee in Blast Radius
Fee in Sovereign
Jimmy in Blast Radius
Lori E. Parquet
Tanya in Sovereign
Dev in Blast Radius
Amy Lee Pearsall
Tash in Blast Radius
Kip in Advance Man
Abbie in Advance Man and Blast Radius
Shirley in Blast Radius
Clem in Blast Radius
Peck in Blast Radius
Amelia in Advance Man and Blast Radius
Budeen in Sovereign
Bill in Advance Man
Willa in Blast Radius
ADVANCE MAN by Mac Rogers, directed by Jordana Williams (2012)
“The highly promising start to a sci-fi trilogy...the funny, compelling script and the full commitment of the cast leave the audience wanting to learn how this saga plays out.” Flavorpill — Editor Pick
“...thrives in its persuasive entangling of science fiction with straightforward domestic drama... And while this interstellar enigma carries the play briskly toward its celestial conclusion, it is the surprising tenderness and humor… that keeps the action absorbing.” Backstage — Critic’s Pick
“...the side plots are unique, the suspense is high, and Mac Rogers’s writing is so engaging that the audience finds itself fully invested in the unfolding mystery… Anyone who sees this piece, with its high energy and solid acting and production value, will be sure to line up for the next two installments.” -Show Business Weekly
“Advance Man is fast paced and the dialogue crackles... there is rarely a dull moment. Belly laughter erupted from the audience at all the right times (and none of the wrong times). Beyond mere technical proficiency or pure entertainment, however, Advance Man also provides food for thought." -Cultural Capitol
“If you want to make an argument for bringing science fiction to live theater, look no further than Mac Rogers’ Advance Man... Rogers has a knack for highlighting the kind of modern stories that you don’t often see in theater, but that are just as universal as the themes explored by classic playwrights.” -Tor.com
“…the play is fascinating, suspenseful, and gripping, and will be of especial interest to fans of the science fiction genre...The entire cast is excellent across the board… I am highly anticipating the next two installments.” -Broadway World
“Rogers’ writing is daring...Jordana Williams’ direction is nothing short of fantastic. I was with this play every moment. And I eagerly wait what happens next in part two.”-NYTheatre.com
BLAST RADIUS by Mac Rogers, directed by Jordana Williams (2012)
“Crackling exchanges are at the core of Blast Radius, whose confident writing displays deep affection for the genre... two hours zip by. It’s a credit to the propulsive plotting that amid debates about dissent, love and honesty, the question “Blast Radius” most frequently prompts is simply: What happens next?” - NY Times — Critic’s Pick
“Space philosophy comes closest to describing this entertaining work. And yet there’s no point trying to box in a work that comes from an author so clearly thinking outside of the box.” -New York Press
“Mac Rogers’ sci-fi epic Honeycomb Trilogy is shaping up to be one of the most original, complex, and compelling theatrical works of the year.” -Flavorpill — Editor Pick
“If you like theatre, and especially if you like science fiction, and especially if you like both, GO GO GO... Even though it’s about aliens, it’s an enormously human play.” -BroadwayWorld
“Blast Radius is a complex and engrossing show...The audience will find itself scrambling to stay one step ahead of the action. All that is ugly, desperate, hopeful, and fiercely loving in humanity is on display.” -Show Business Weekly
“...demonstrates that the stage is also a perfect medium on which to tell our old/new stories of oppression, destruction, and defiant resilience, and could teach Hollywood a thing or two about how to do it right.” -io9
“Not a scene feels superfluous or out of place, and the action skips along, keeping the audience on the edge of its seat for over two hours... It’s a more intense, satisfying experience than you can get on your couch or in a movie theater.” -Cultural Capitol
“…because Blast Radius is good sci-fi, it’s good theater. Rogers and company have hit upon a way of making the usually spectacle-driven genre work excellently onstage.” -New York Theatre Review
SOVEREIGN by Mac Rogers, directed by Jordana Williams (2012)
”As in ‘Blast Radius,’ Mr. Rogers displays an impressive control over his sprawling material, creating a convincing postapocalyptic world inside a sturdy theatrical structure...‘Sovereign’ has a driving pace and a sneaky theatrical intelligence.” -New York Times — Critics’ Pick
“The crackling alien-takeover drama can operate independently of its former installments. In fact, winding blind through the narrative maze...creates the sensation of gradually unfolding truth, of hearing a story at the edge of great complexity. As for those who saw sections one and two, I’m assuming you were there at the Secret Theatre ahead of me. Who could stay away? In Cheek’s long series of downtown triumphs...I can not remember ever seeing her in such full, exultant stride.”- Time Out NY — Critics’ Pick
“One of the most intelligent and complex theatrical events of the year.” Flavorpill — Editor Pick
”...a play every bit as rich and daring as the previous two... ably completing the long and stirring transmutation through which Rogers has taken these characters-from small domestic anxieties to far-reaching debates about mankind’s survival in the face of oppression and moral decay.” -Backstage — Critic’s Pick
“This is science fiction, but first and foremost, it’s effective drama...I feel honored to have borne witness to this magnificent series in its entirety. Go.” -Broadwayworld.com
“This is definitely the theater of Big Ideas. The only place one can find a similar level of innovation and profundity these days is on cable dramas like The Wire or The Sopranos. Sci-fi in Mr. Rogers’s hands invigorates the stage and elevates it to where it used to be: the place where we go to learn about ourselves and experience catharsis in the company of others.” -Cultural Capitol
“Gideon Productions has certainly set high stakes for serialized theater with these three shows, and is definitely a group to keep on your radar.” -Show Business Weekly
“...an intimate, emotional work, bridging the head and the heart without ever resorting to pathos or unearned sentiment. The emotional material here is so deft that it pushes for real estate on a par with Shakespeare, Ibsen and O’Neill... So make the time to catch this show – you’ll regret it if you don’t.” -New York Press
“The accomplishment of the world Rogers and Gideon have built is the entirety of the world and the characters they created throughout the three plays: all of the nuance, all of the humanity.” -NYTheatre.com