This weekend, Theater Artists Olympia is opening not one show but two.
Both shows are Reservoir Dogs, adapted from Quentin Tarantinos first film. Both are directed by Pug Bujeaud. Both use the same sets.
Only the casts are different one all men, the other all women and that makes all the difference.
Weve got two completely different stories that we are telling here, said Brian Hatcher, who plays White. Its the same script and the same characters, but its two completely different shows.
Bujeaud started out giving the same directions to each cast and she didnt allow actors to see the other version of the show until recently.
It started to go off in different directions after the first read-through, she said.
Hatchers female counterpart is Kate Ayers.
Kates take on White is completely different than mine, he said. She and I sat down a few weeks back for lunch, and we started talking about White. I feel he is wearing his emotions on his sleeve hes very heart driven. She feels its more of an intellect-driven character.
Somebody used the analogy about the womens league in basketball, Bujeaud said. It was not an aggressive game, but it was a smarter game. We attack things in a more analytical way.
Both director and actors said they think the show may be more challenging for the men than the women, since people will be expecting to see the same characters they saw in the 1992 film.
That said, it is something different to see women talking and acting the way they do in this show.
Anytime you have women doing bad things in films, theres always a reason their daughter is sick or their moms in the hospital or their daddy is dying, Bujeaud said. These women dont make excuses for it. They just do it. This is who they are.
Although Olympia audiences have lately seen her working with Olympia Family Theater, Ayers is accustomed to stage combat and to playing unsavory characters of one sort or another.
Ive played some pretty horrible women, she said. But I have never had to use a gun. This is all new, and its pretty intense.
Ive been kind of surprised at myself, she added. Pointing a gun at somebody is not as hard as I thought it might be.