The plot behind the innovative 52-scene play
The production called 52 Pick Up is simple. A couple meets. They fall in love. Then, they fall out of love. And they break up.
What makes the production so interesting is the order in which these things happen. There are 52 cards in a deck of playing cards, each inscribed with the title of one scene. At the beginning of each show, actors Gemma Wilcox and Sam Elmore shuffle the cards and toss them into the air, picking them up one at a time to determine the order in which the scenes will be played out.
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The result is a familiar story that retains a trace of enigma. You might see this couple break up before they've met or hop into bed together before their first date. The odds of any one production of 52 Pick Up being exactly like another are astronomically low.
The show is being staged at BINDERY|space, 770 22nd Street, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. through May 16. Tickets are $15 (with special $10 tickets available on Thursdays). To purchase yours, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/63383 or call 1-800-838-3006.
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