About Dance of the Wasp & Spider
Dance of the Wasp and Spider asks bold questions: What, or who makes a shooter? Why do neighbors always seem shocked when that “nice but kind of quiet” kid goes on a shooting rampage? Why didn’t the family get him help? How does he transform from being the friend, brother, son you love and know so well to the embodiment of evil on the evening news?
Out-Side the Box Theatre’s Dance of the Wasp and Spider, a new stage play by Larry E. Blossom, unflinchingly stares down these questions with unparalleled realism. Blossom takes his more than 30 years in the mental health field to create an intimate, piercing look into the lives of a family that could be your own neighbors, maybe even your own family. It’s a family with the outward trappings of success and respectability. But the true story, the one that is neither fully seen nor understood by most of us, is at the kitchen table – punctuated between sibling squabbles, the sturm und drang of adolescence, and the dreams and longings of loving but flawed parents. Nothing here suggests imminent violence.
Dance of the Wasp and Spider is Blossom’s reaction to the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook and the question that resonates in the American psyche: How can this keep happening over and over? The issue of gun control is entrenched in political debate with both sides saying we must keep guns out of the hands of the bad guys, those who are rotten to the core. So, who are the bad guys and how do we identify them? Is that “nice but kind of quiet kid” rotten to the core when something inside him snaps, twisting his psyche beyond recognition? Some blame the family for not getting him help or even recognizing the potential for danger. Some blame law enforcement for failing to protect us. Blossom catapults us into the very heart of these thorny issues and the weeks, days, and very moments that could erupt in tragedy.
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