There are pills for being sad, pills for being anxious, hungry, scared, dysfunctional in the bedroom, perpetually awake, perpetually asleep, and so on. Why not tend to the root of all distress and just vaccinate ourselves against heartbreak? In this romantic comedy, it seems the only way to manage the tragedies that loom on the horizon for the apocalyptic world is to first and foremost keep your heart safe. In StageWerx's production of Believers, Rockwell Wise stays holed up inside a remote lab hard at work developing a love vaccine as the world teeters on environmental collapse. As his company faces a crisis in dystopia, his ex-lover Grace Wright is hired to lead his drug development team, intent on creating a love activator that will reintroduce passion and romance to the world. Playwright Patricia Milton says she wrote the play as an adaptation of the Grimm's fairy tale “The Frog Prince,” in which the princess doesn't turn the frog into a prince with a Disney kiss, but instead throws him against the wall. In a world of unintended side effects, the violent act represents the necessity to love completely and sometimes uncomfortably in order to renew the human psyche.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Aug. 4. Continues through Aug. 25, 2012