Carmel graduates launch theater troupe with shows at Indy Fringe

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Rehearsals continue while the cast waits for the theater space to be ready. From left, Allie Charton, Remington Bastien, Matt McDonald, Michael Davis, Sydney Sorrell, Morgan Davis, Abigail Mattingly. (Submitted photo)

Rehearsals continue while the cast waits for the theater space to be ready. From left, Allie Charton, Remington Bastien, Matt McDonald, Michael Davis, Sydney Sorrell, Morgan Davis, Abigail Mattingly. (Submitted photo)

By Desiree Williams

Theater lovers are in for an interesting treat with the Brute Candor Players inaugural double-bill production. The plays premiered at 7:30 p.m. July 22 at the Indy Fringe Theatre, 719 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis. They run until July 30.

The Brute Candor Players are a duo, whose members met five years ago as freshmen at Carmel High School. Matthew McDonald played a role in Michael Muldowney’s film, and they have been working together ever since. This production of two original plays will be their third joint theatrical endeavor.

“We’ve learned to just go a little beyond what seems possible,” Muldowney said. “We surprise ourselves every year.”

Their production explores dark subject matter but through a comical lens. Playwrights who find humor in those dark places inspire both McDonald and Muldowney.

“Pleasure from pain. That’s what theater is all about,” Muldowney said.

Their double bill will feature Muldowney’s “Saddled Broncos” as the first act, which follows the exchanges between angry bar patrons. He said he has always enjoyed anger, and that’s where he finds the best comedy and drama.

The second act is McDonald’s “Indiana Vices,” which tells the story of a robbery and police brutality. McDonald said the plays are intended to entertain mature audiences, but he also wants to push people to explore humanity and think a little deeper.

“I want to keep (the audience) just on the edge of discomfort,” he said. “That’s what we’re going for: to provoke.”

Adults can purchase tickets online for $12 or for $15 at the door. Tickets for students and seniors are $10. Visit indyfringe.org to find the full performance schedule or buy tickets, and facebook.com/BruteCandorPlayersDoubleBill to learn more about the duo.

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