Robert Benjamin’s ‘Swerving’ Opens Tonight In ‘8 X 10’

Caroline Evarts is smiling now, but watch out when she pulls out her ticket book as Ofc. Pollette Franklin. Photo by Zack Baker

LALT News:

What would you do if your very last ride in your vintage Corvair brought you the very first traffic ticket of your life?

“Swerving” by Robert Benjamin, Jr., explores an interaction between a codger and a cop during a traffic stop. It is one of eight short plays offered in the Los Alamos Little Theatre’s “8x10s’ Fifth Symphony,” Nov. 6-21.

David Cohen, played by Brad Lounsbury, is busted while taking his beloved Corvair for a spin. Photo by Zack Baker

“‘Swerving’ is my exploration of how a codger’s wisdom and longing can comedically transform a fearful confrontation into a moment of shared compassion,” Benjamin said.

The play features Brad Lounsbury as the driver and Caroline Evarts as the motorcycle cop. The play is directed by Sally Cassil, who offered, “‘Swerving’ takes a routine, potentially unpleasant encounter and develops it into a funny and touching interaction between two very different characters: different generations, different outlooks on life and death, but able to make a connection that may be beneficial to both of them.”

The short-play format provides ample opportunity for people new to theater to get involved. Five of the plays are led by first-time directors and new faces to the LALT stage are sprinkled throughout the evening.

“8×10’s Fifth Symphony” will perform at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 6-21 as well as a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 15 at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St.

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets, CB FOX or at the door.

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