The tranquil charm of a quaint lodge is threatened when a mysterious spacecraft lands nearby. Evil Queen Uforia has come to Earth to capture every able-bodied man and return with them to the waiting Uforian females. Her powerful ray gun is capable of “zombifying” anyone who stands in her path. What can the humans do? Lodge owner Lottie Putnam only feels courageous in the kitchen, while her teenaged niece Bianca wants to run away with the handsome Peyton Mayhew, an escaped convict. Handyman Caleb is helpless and hopeless, especially around one of the guests, the beautiful heiress Julia Radcliffe. Trevor Scott, a cynical reporter, and Prof. Wendell Teasdale, a noted astrophysicist, argue over who will sacrifice himself to save the planet. But time is running out if they hope to rescue all of mankind from being groomed for the Bride of Uforia!
PLAYWRIGHT WHITNEY RYAN GARRITY
TALKS ABOUT “BRIDE OF UFORIA”
Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A: I’ve always enjoyed those campy sci-fi “B” movies of the ‘50s. I wanted to see if I could create a stage play with that same kind of feeling.
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A: My favorite part in the play is early on when Bianca is frantically trying to come up with a plausible story for Peyton’s appearance at the lodge and his lack of money. Not only was it fun to write and to see performed, but I feel it really helped establish the roles of Bianca, Peyton and Lottie and relationships with one another.
Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM?
ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
A: When I decide to write a play, my first concern is figuring out how I will “people” it. I find that if I can come up with strong characters, a lot of the play takes care of itself. In Bride of Uforia, the characters represent the many aspects of the human condition: romantic (Bianca), cynical (Trevor), intellectual (Teasdale), practical (Lottie), etc. No single character is based on an existing person.
Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A: As with all my plays, my main goal is to entertain. I believe there is still merit in providing audience with a fun and entertaining evening.
Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
A: I would like to thank CATS (Children and Adult Theatrical Studios) Playhouse in Lubbock, Texas and the original cast of Bride of Uforia, for their commitment and contribution to the play.