THE IDOL MAKERS (Play)

4/12-22/1979. Las Palmas Theater, Hollywood.
Mark Taper Forum Laboratory Productions.
Ninth presentation in the New Theater for Now Playworks Festival. World premiere.
Drama.
Code: IDM 4/1979

CREDITS

Writer: Stephen Davis Parks.
Director: David Schwiezer.

PLOT

"Elemental passions and sacred transgressions, bred in ignorance and isolation" (Los Angeles Times, 4/17/1979, sec.IV, p.9) lead to violence between a brooding austere man, his simple wife, and an itinerant woodcarver, resulting in death. The second act carries the conflict 25 years forward, when the wife lives with her two sons, one by each man. The sons, Uless (Zachary Lewis) and Brehmer (Jonathan Banks) parallel their fathers' relationship, likewise ending in death.

CAST

Janette Lane Bradbury as Lynnette
Mitch Carter as Jerold
Sean Michael Rice
Zachary Lewis as Uless
Jonathan Banks as Brehmer
Alley Mills

CRITICS

"A smoldering exercise in Old Testament violence" with strong atmosphere, vernacular dialog but ultimately lacking content. "Carter, Rice, Lewis and Banks are a tempestuous quartet of contending males..." Sylvie Drake, Los Angeles Times, 4/17/1979, sec.IV, p.9.

CHARACTER

"Brehmer is the farmer, giver of life, who makes things grow and flourish... Alley Mills plays Brehmer's girl." Los Angeles Times, 4/17/1979, sec.IV, p.9.

WORKED WITH

Mitch Carter (WW 12/1979)