“Midsummer,” a folk music and theater crossover, opens at the Verona Studio on Thursday. The two-person production, billed as “a play with songs,” features Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel of True North, an Oregon-based folk band.
In “Midsummer,” the real-life couple play fictional opposites-attract bedmates – a used car salesman and a divorce lawyer. The Verona Studio describes the production as “a great lost weekend of bridge burning, car chases, wedding bust-ups, bondage miscalculations, midnight trysts and self-loathing hangovers.”
If the description doesn’t raise doubts, the blurb clearly warns the play has “adult themes” that may not be appropriate for youngsters.
The play debuts at 8 p.m. Feb. 20. It will run till March 7, with 8 p.m. showings on Fridays and and Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 29 and March 7. Tickets can be purchased online for $20. The Verona Studio is a black-box style theater located in Reed Opera House.
The play’s stars, Grainger and Wetzel, co-founded their band True North alongside two other bluegrass instrumentalists and have won awards at festivals throughout the U.S. Their newest album, Ghost Tattoo, will be released in Salem’s Grand Theater on June 7.