The Dysfunctional Theatre Company


Come Back to the 7-11, Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley
by Paul Wells
Under St. Mark's Theater
94 St. Mark's Place
February 14 - March 3, 2002

Come Back to the 7/11, Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley is a modern gothic ghost story that satirizes the clichés and stereotypes of southern drama by serving up a healthy portion of humor, intrigue, spicy southern repartee and a touch of trailer park trash.

Far below the Mason-Dixon line lies the mythical Lantanahootchie, a dying town full of dark secrets and broken dreams, whose only claim to fame is as the home of the only living son of Elvis Presley--at least according to Thelma Jean Watkins, proprietor of the local 7/11 and supposed mother to the King's progeny. The town's only source of income are "tourist attractions" that exploit the King's legacy, much to the chagrin of Elvis Jr., an introverted, dark-haired teenaged boy whose high cheekbones and bedroom eyes resemble the King's. When a dark stranger (possibly a ghost) rides into town driving a 1958 Corvette, he threatens to destroy Lantanahootchie's fragile illusion of bucolic tranquility by exposing the tragic events of the past and the inevitability of the future.

Directed by Paul Wells
Sound, Lighting and Set Design: Rick Vorndran

Cast: Simon Dasher, Ron Gordon, Jennifer Jenkins, Garret Lambert, Karen Nicole Smith and Bruce Thomson.