The production considers the games people play in modern relationships as well as the consequence of choice in a world with Tinder and Match.com.
Following its development during the annual Gainesville Homegrown Local Playwright’s Showcase, the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre will premiere the new play "All's Fair" at 8 Thursday night.
Written by local playwright Sloane Henry, "All’s Fair" is a production that considers the games people play in modern relationships as well as the consequence of choice in a world with Tinder and Match.com.
The play follows Skylar and Axel, a young couple who, after confessing to one another their love for opposite members of their closest couple-friends, hatch a plan to sabotage and break up the couple.
Producer Jennifer Hutton promises a few twists that will have Gainesville audiences taken aback.
“We’re watching from the point of view of one couple trying to break up another couple,” Hutton said. “So we find ourselves rooting for these people as our protagonists even though they are doing a really horrible thing.”
Originally intended as just a personal creative writing project, "All’s Fair" came to full fruition following Henry sharing a draft of the script to her friend Hutton, who took to it enthusiastically and encouraged Henry to finish it.
The script was completed in November 2017, submitted to the playwright festival, and the two were asked to put it on for the regular season.
The script came to life with a few challenges, however.
“One of the challenges we found involved the high number of scene transitions in the production,” Henry said. “Part of the answer was editing and combining scenes, with [Jennifer] coming up with really creative ways to do fast costume changes and set changes."
Hutton said her real challenge came in developing the characters and feel for the show from scratch.
“[It] has been a good thing because I don’t have anything to reference and therefore risk making the show derivative,” Hutton said, “but it also makes it a little challenging.”
For the audience, Henry hopes the production will remind them the importance in taking a step back to appreciate the people in their lives that they have — platonic partners and support systems included.
“Appreciate the people you lean on. The biggest downfall for these characters is that they try to be independent, they don’t ask for help. They don’t really appreciate the people that are willing to be there for them and help in their time of need.”
Opening night is 8 p.m. Thursday, with tickets at $15 and discounts available to seniors, students, veterans and active military personnel. "All’s Fair" will have eight performances, starting at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 25.