Philadelphia Dramatists Center’s Presents
“A Thin Line Between Love and Hate”
Posted by LATOI on FEBRUARY 26, 2020
I had the pleasure of attending “A thin line between love and hate” and let me say it was one of the diverse showcases that I had attended. Originally when I selected to see it I in my mind thought it had everything to do with the movie featuring Martin Lawrence about a man who was trying to get out of the trenches of a love interest who wouldn’t take no for an answer. However,this showcase was named after the Persuader’s song.
In full transparency I was taken back when I realized it wasn’t what I had expected but I will say some “mistakes” are worth creating. 7, 10-minute plays as Philadelphia Dramatists entered their 2nd Philly Theatre week. This ‘mistake’ on my part led me to find artists I probably wouldn’t have encountered. The showcase was at the Rotunda of which was my first time there although I had walked past it many times before. My first impression after almost getting lost was the staff. I looked extremely flustered and right off the bat I was put to ease. I like to sit as close to the front as possible and I was glad that I was still able to do so. One of the things that I learned and absolutely loved was that the Philadelphia Dramatist Group is a community of individual playwright that collaborate to form new plays. This is truly necessary because I remember growing up with my mom who did a lot in the theatre work and often times not being able to do your own thing and have support was one of the messages I heard often when we would have to sit or often times participate.
It was produced and directed by Mark Knight & co-produced by Caitlin Cieri. I loved that each play was about 10 minutes and, they could have been a little longer. I loved how interactive everyone was during the 10-minute productions as well. Each one’s theme played along the lines of course what its like to be in love or to go mad with hate. People don’t realize how thin the line really is. If you have ever loved someone and gotten into anything with a loved, hate sometimes isn’t that far behind in emotion. Each production for 10 minutes gave you the meat and potatoes of each problem and an attempted to solve or shed light on the issue. I smiled the entire time. Not one time did I feel the message was jumbled or that the actors/actresses had missed their mark.