Kenny and his little sister have to fend for themselves after their mother dies and their asshole father abandons them for his job and his girlfriend. Most of us would probably just become deviant little snots if fate dealt us that card.
But in playwright A. Rey Pamatmat's heartrending and controversial Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, opening this Friday night at New Theatre, Kenny and little sister Edith, use their wit, love for one another, a stuffed toy frog and Edith's adept skills with an air rifle to survive the hardships. "The play is about three people learning how to become a family," Pamatmat tells us.
"And the family they form is strong because it's not just about blood or
particular roles or necessary functions. The family that forms is
between three people who accept each other as they are and who help each
other become the best that they can be."
Kenny and little sister Edith make a life for themselves on their isolated farm, dealing with their plight as best they can while being forced to into adulthood way too soon. And while the play isn't autobiographical, the emotional toll the characters suffer comes from Pamatmat's own personal experiences growing up as an isolated child.
Among them is Kenny's friend Benji, who also becomes a part of their makeshift family. Benji's mother, meanwhile, is none too pleased when she discovers that Kenny is also Benji's boyfriend.
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