Scott Dray Productions, LLC in association with The Strange Tree Group presents the Chicago premiere of The Dastardly Ficus and other Comedic Tales of Woe and Misery by Emily Schwartz, directed by Kerstin Broockmann.
The Dastardly Ficus is a dark and strangely amusing piece comprised of four stories involving the Derbyshire sisters, who are timeless, devious, and not altogether of sound mind. Inside the confines of their gothic house, the two spinsters display a simmering malice towards one another, seemingly determined to slowly drive each other mad. But in fact, their story is one of love and companionship, as the two recluses keep each other amused with highly imaginative games.
Along their morbid misadventures, the Derbyshires fall in love with a severed head, hold funeral services for an unknown road-kill cat, fight off a battalion of banditos, and terrorize a gentlemen caller with hidden knives, all while conniving to outsmart a very untrustworthy ficus.
No performance on Sunday, July 4.