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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 01-09-2020

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JANUARY 9-15, 2020 CUMBERLAND 9 CUMBERLAND – Father and son James and Andrew Beauregard, whose lives have always revolved around the theater, are gearing up for the first production of their newly formed Homebrewed Theatre Company this weekend. The show, "Have Goat, Will Travel & Other Strange Shorts," written by Andrew, runs this Friday, Jan. 10, Saturday, Jan. 11, Thursday, Jan. 16, Friday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stone-E-Lea Golf Course Clubhouse in Attleboro, Mass. "I feel like we've been prepping for this our whole lives," James, of Cumberland, who works as a theater professor at Dean College and serves as Homebrewed's artistic director, told The Valley Breeze. Andrew, a Cumberland native who lives in North Attleboro, Mass., serves as the playwright and managing direc- tor and describes his writing style as absurd. "I just like to laugh," he said. "I write what I like to see. Your first audience is yourself. … Sometimes I like groans more than laughs." "This is affordable comedy that real- ly explores the human condition in a really funny, quirky way," James said. "The husband who usually doesn't like to go to the theater will like this." The series of absurd comedies, per- formed by an ensemble of 11 local actors, satirizes the lengths people go to fulfill their desires and the stories they tell along the way to justify their actions, the pair said. The stories are accessible and also have a sense of truth to them, they added. Andrew said his writing process begins with an idea or theme. "He's so attuned to what's happening in the world," said James, who had previous roles in the Cumberland Company and the Boston-based Medieval Manor. "It comes out in his writing." James said his students at Dean fell in love with Andrew's material and held a staged reading of three of his one-act plays two years ago, which led them to decide to produce this show. "When I read his words I see our family, his world, his friends," James said. Andrew, who works full-time as an implementation specialist for Meditech, said his job requires him to travel a lot, which lets him meet inter- esting people from across the country and helps fuel his writing. At the same time, the family has a strong connection to Cumberland. Both father and son are Cumberland High School graduates, and Andrew said he wrote a lot of his plays s he sat in the Cumberland Public Library. While Homebrewed has no current brick-and-mortar base, the father and son are thinking about what's next for their team. While writing isn't the easiest part, Andrew "always has ideas in his head," his dad said. The two decided to start the compa- ny as an opportunity to showcase new work and to put some money in the pockets of actors and artists, they said. They handpicked their cast, some of them former students of James. "It's a good group," he said. Having his father as the director is beneficial, Andrew said, because they communicate well and "he knows what I'm trying to do" and helps mold the work. "It's nice because I know he brings stuff to the table that I don't have," James said. "I come from the directing side." While he was an economics major at George Washington University, Andrew said he grew up surrounded by theater but didn't start acting until his senior year of high school. He started writing plays a few years ago as a college student. "You don't want to do what your parents do," he said. "Until you real- ize it's fun." The name Homebrewed reflects the theater's local roots and ties to family and friends who play a big role in the company, they said. Andrew said they wanted a name that's cozy but also wacky. "Come laugh with us," Andrew said. "There's a little something for every- one at some point in their lives." The five short comedies and their synopses are: • "Eat Your Feelings" – She just ditched her newly minted ex-boy- friend and now she's hungry. The worst is over, or so she thinks. Then she opens her fridge. • "Red Fern Rising" – Revolution ferments among the ferns and ficuses at a locally owned nursery. When the owner takes inspiration from Vladimir Putin in formulating her new HR strategy, everything goes to hell. • "Frank Talk" – The winner of the Annual Weiner Downing Derby has gone on to become mayor the last 50 years running. When a friendly local tradition turns competitive, the candi- dates are forced to consider what they will stomach in the pursuit of power. • "Honey, I Have Something to Tell You About the Dead Squirrel" – A reunion of college friends goes foul when their depressed former psychol- ogy professor crashes the event. Every question has an answer, except one. Where are the dead squirrels coming from? • "Have Goat, Will Travel" – A mas- seuse, a mineral baron, a farm girl, a sassy cow and a slew of other charac- ters tell a story about the unquantifi- able forks in the road of life that we travel, and the dangers of a doe-eyed glance. James is directing all of the shorts except for "Eat Your Feeling," which is directed by his daughter and Andrew's sister, Rachel Beth Beauregard. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase at . Cumberland father and son launch theater company By MELANIE THIBEAULT Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY MELANIE THIBEAULT JAMES BEAUREGARD, left, of Cumberland, and his son ANDREW, of North Attleboro, Mass., are the founders of the new Homebrewed Theatre Company, which is debuting its first production Friday, Jan. 10, Saturday, Jan. 11, Thursday, Jan. 16, Friday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stone-E-Lea Golf Course Clubhouse in Attleboro, Mass. 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