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Friendly's Fire at Barter Theatre Stage II
October 5, 2017
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until November 11, 2017
“Winner of Barter’s 2015 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights.”
By John Patrick Bray
An homage to Western movies, He-Man action figures, and the playwright’s belief as a child that the Sesame Street Muppet Guy Smiley was in fact God, “Friendly’s Fire” shows us what lengths a man will go to preserve his friend’s sanity, and what lengths another will go to allow himself to remember his brother, who died in service to our country. In a cabin in Alaska, Guy Friendly, a Gulf War veteran and bee-herder, has just brought the wrong woman home for a one-night stand. His best friend Todd, a pawnshop owner dressed as an astronaut, finds Friendly in a fevered state. Trapped by the snow, Todd has little choice but enter Friendly’s fevered dream, to unravel the events of the night before – and the events of the Gulf War that led Friendly to becoming a shut-in.