Henry's Gun was the first two act play for P Cubed. The goals for this production were to flesh out characters more then had previously been attempted. The plot was simple. There was a man whose subconscious was involved in a struggle that left him dead. To this end, HG invoked a psychic battle that left many a viewer seriously disturbed.
This play took place in a warehouse on Center street in Santa Cruz. Just a few blocks from downtown, this warehouse was under lease to some acquaintances who were just starting a business called Biscuits and Gravy. They were to be a snowboarding apparel company and had rented the space for storage and to run their operation out of. They were happy to support the arts and rented the space for nine days at the end of December for a song and a dance, and about one hundred bucks. These guys were true patrons of the arts.
The set for the production was built with about two hundred milkcrates and perhaps six sheets of plywood. The milkcrates were mostly divided into two piles. One was a giant loft with a bed on it. Throughout most of the play the main character is asleep in his bed with his lover as his subconscious dreams and nightmares are played out down below. The other pile of milkcrates was formed into another loft slightly smaller on the other side of the 20 foot stage. On this Bob Burns of Vishnu's Secret, on of the great bands of the 1990's that you have never heard of, sat with his cello. Along with blue lights and strobes, Bob's cello was the creepy accompaniment to the nightmare scenes in which one of our protagonists subconscious representations was brutally attacked by three or four others led by a main part of his superego who during less violent but equally disturbing non nightmare dream sequences attempted to counsel the attack to "stop searching so hard for the answers, it could get you hurt."
Eventually, the protagonist, Zen (played by Kif Scheuer, the grinder, percussion and pyrotechnic master of Head Case-O-Matic) experiences an awake personality split and soon after his actual as opposed to psychic death occurs. This is a very sad play and affected its young actors very harshly. One of the players had a nervous breakdown on the eve of opening night and had to be hospitalized. Key members of the group had terrible conflict that led to a disbanding of the company. The play didn't cause these things, but the material that it was dealing with was profound and not a lot of attention was given to its destructive nature.
This experience taught the players of Pee Cubed, and soon after this the players of PLether Productions, an important lesson. What was the lesson? At this point, we can't say. But it was important and we learned it.
Here is one of the tickets from the play. The first tickets to be sold in advance for any of the productions.
Here is a picture of marijuana, cuz, like, why not?