Julian Vorus’s MOTHERTONGUE (A Dank, Dark Comedy)

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Winner of the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival 2016 award for “pushing the boundaries of storytelling”! Jeff Messer raved in the Mountain Xpress about this “wildly twisted tale of dark family dysfunction. Reminiscent of the starkly moving work of Sam Shepard, Vorus channels that balance of quirky, disturbing and disarmingly laugh-out-loud funny. It is impossible to predict what peculiar turn the story will take next, and you can’t take your eyes off it!”


Local performance poet Julian Vorus has been playing with theater for years. His strange, dark, and frequently hilarious Rock Saber, Red Black White, and The Bog have all been produced by both the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival and The Magnetic Theatre. The two producing entities have teamed up again to present Vorus’s latest, Mothertongue, in the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival (Thursday and Saturday, January 21 and 23, at 9:00 PM), with The Magnetic Theatre extending the run for the subsequent two weekends (Thursdays-Saturdays, January 28-30 and February 4-6, at 7:30 PM). All performances will take place at Magnetic 375 (375 Depot Street in the River Arts District).

What is Mothertongue about? Ghosts in the bathroom. Drugs in the brassiere. Uncontrolled scratching. And so much more.

In Vorus’s most traditionally structured play to date, Roger Cross returns home from his first year away at college to find his mother, younger brother, and uncle still recovering from the death of Roger’s father eighteen months prior. Grief is exsanguinated and family dynamics are distorted in this psycho-sexually perverse, dark comedy. The dramaturgy may be traditional. The content, decidedly, is not. Mothertongue is recommended for mature audiences only.

Mothertongue stars Magnetic veterans Alphie Hyorth, Allen T. Law, and Devyn Ray, and Magnetic newcomers Delina Hensley (of LaZoom and LYLAS) and Tristan Cameron (most recently seen in The Boys Next Door). Magnetic Theatre Artistic Director Steven Samuels directs.