Similarly, FlyOver Productions, which splits its performance calendar between Kansas City and Denver, is cleverly tapping into the potential of the funeral-parlor setting with Three Viewings, opening at Quality Hill Playhouse on Thursday. "Tell-Tale" is a vignette told from the point of view of a funeral director annoyed by a real estate agent who shows up at funerals to pass out business cards. In "Thief of Tears," a kleptomaniac irreverently steals jewelry from stiffs. Finally, in "Thirteen Things About Ed Carpolotti," a contractor's widow finds her world turned upside down -- and that's nothing compared to her inherited debt to the mob. Kansas City-based coproducer Andy Garrison says that, despite the solemn setting of the three monologues, "they are really about hope." He adds that the pieces "reference each other but stand alone."
Garrison's coproducer is the Denver-based actress Anna Hadzi. Both Hadzi and Garrison perform with a third cast member: Kansas City thespian Bonita Hanson. Traveling 600 miles for a rehearsal sounds more than a little inconvenient, but FlyOver's weird geographical limitations haven't deterred the group.
"I met Anna on the Internet in a theater discussion group," Garrison says of his partner to the west. "It's one of those things where you find someone you can work with consistently. So what if we happen to live in separate cities?"