On The Verge

Directed by Justin Atkins

The Reviews are In...This Show's a Hit!

Newport's local celebrity actor Justin Atkins has donned the director's cap to bring ON THE VERGE (or The Geography of Yearning), the acclaimed play by Eric Overmyer, to the Newport Performing Arts Center in August 2018. Smartly written, with witty wordplay and nuanced pop references, the production is captivating local audiences.

The year is 1888 when Mary, Fanny, and Alex, three women who are each intrepid world explorers in their own right, band together to conquer Terra Incognita, the last and most mysterious of unexplored territories. As they bushwhack their way through jungles, brave treacherous ice sheets, and negotiate passage across a bottomless Gorge, the ladies reminisce about their past adventures and sort out their personality differences. They encounter a chameleonic cannibal, an adorable young Yeti, and a Troll demanding a toll, as well as a number of mysterious artifacts: egg beaters, dirigibles, political campaign buttons, and newspaper clippings from the 1900s. On this one-way journey through space and time, each lady discovers her own unique destiny in the beautiful, loud, and brightly lit future. Eric Overmyer’s On the Verge is a romping meditation on the outer and inner frontiers of the human condition, full of lyrical and hilarious dialogue and imagery both beautiful and surreal.


Mary Barbara Berge
Fanny Elizabeth Hoover
Alex Jami Ivory
Alphonse William Webster
Grover William Webster
The Yeti William Webster
The Gorge Troll William Webster
Mr. Coffee William Webster
Madame Nhu William Webster
Gus William Webster
Nicky Paradise William Webster

Production Staff

Director Justin Atkins
Stage Manager Cyn Wilkes
Producer Vickie Steen
Light Design & Tech Jed Hansen 

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