~~Comedian Lewis Black is famous for his outrageous-though-intellectual comedy, as frequently seen on the Daily Show and various Grammy-winning performances, but it's getting around that he has also written more than 40 plays.
~~Back in the last century, Lewis dreamt of being a playwright, so he left his boyhood home in Silver Spring, Md., and enrolled in the drama-writing program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He was off to an ominous start.
“Three weeks after I arrived at school, the head of the drama department dropped dead,” he says in his autobiography “Nothing's Sacred.” But he went on to a prolific writing binge, including his full-length “One Slight Hitch,” which has been recently published, and had several successful and well-reviewed runs around the country in the past year or so.
Now, the professional theater, Falls Church-based Zemfira Stage, is mounting three of his short ones. Those familiar with Lewis's stand-up may find the plays a little surprising. They tend to be rather avant-garde, maybe even surreal. But they are funny, even though they have dark elements.
The plays, directed by Zina Bleck, are “L.A. Freewheeling,” “The Outer Banks” and “Crossing the Crab Nebula.”
~~The attached photo by director Zina Bleck is from a rehearsal of “Crossing the Crab Nebula” features actors (left to right) Alex Avila, Tonya Duncan and Larry Keeling.