August 10 - 26, 2017
All shows at 8 p.m.
In the News
"Cultural differences dished up during lunch at rural diner in play Counter/Top" by Michael Grossberg, The Columbus Dispatch
"Flawed humanity at the core of lively play" by Michael Grossberg, The Columbus Dispatch
"MadLab's Warm, Vibrant Counter/Top" by Richard Sanford, Columbus Underground
“Tea Time!” is a greasy spoon run by foul-mouthed matriarch Miss Betty and frequented by regulars like the kindhearted but totally incoherent Brooks. Two pressed and prim professors, Khent and Izzie, stop in for lunch—but they get more than a bad case of heartburn thanks to Liza and Gunner, a pair of teenaged troublemakers. Part raucous societal commentary, part sinister cat-and-mouse tale, Counter/Top forces us to consider what our own upbringings say about us, and to what lengths we’ll go to hide them.
Miss Betty - Catherine Cryan
Brooks - Ben Tucker
Gunner – Dustin Schwab
Izzie – Cat McAlpine
Liza – Kayla Theis
Khent – Chad Anderson
Director - Megan Mateer
Assistant Director - Dallas Ray
About the playwright
Kirin McCrory is a playwright, dramaturg, and sometimes-performer. Her plays and devised pieces have been produced in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Edinburgh, and central Virginia. Her textual work with performance collective The American Laboratory has been shown in galleries in Brooklyn and Los Angeles. She served as literary associate for Endstation Theatre’s Playwrights’ Initiative, and is currently the literary manager for VanguardRep. BA Emerson College, MFA UC Riverside. For more information, visit kirinmccrory.com.
About the Director
Megan Mateer has been a lifetime practitioner of the theatrical arts in every capacity possible with high schools, summer stock companies, community theatres, professional theatres, and college theatre departments. Along the way she has acted, designed, built, directed, and taught. “In my quest to continuously improve my craft," says Mateer, "I felt a formal education would serve and achieved my PhD in Theatre from Bowling Green State University. Currently I am the GED teacher at Franklin County Community Based Correctional Facility.”