Two strangers. One crowded Metro car. A gallon of milk. What could go wrong?
"Also delightful is local playwright John Bavoso’s “Threat Level: Cream,” a droll and twisty tale of two Washingtonians (Chloe Mikala and Jonathan M. Rizzardi) who encounter a suspicious gallon of milk on the Metro." — The Washington Post
"I also liked John Bavoso’s Threat Level: Cream, which closes out the first Act. Rusty (Jonathan M. Rizzardi) and Kara (Chloe Mikala) are strangers on a train — specifically, the Washington Metro — who engage over a bottle of milk which someone has left on the seat next to Rusty... Eventually the conversation drifts to more mundane matters — their jobs, how hard it is to get rest, and so on. Indeed, they go on a bit too long (can a ten-minute play be too long?) until the action suddenly lurches more violently than a Metro train. The terrific climax is accentuated by Rizzardi’s first-rate work as Rusty and by director Connor Hogan and the production team, who bring the Metro experience to life." — DC Theatre Scene
“A tale you'll identify with—at first. Two people so run ragged by modern America's rampant negativity and obsession with safety meet on a Metro train. An unopened gallon of milk becomes the topic, but this play ends with a twist reminiscent of Zoo Story. Shocking and fun.” — Francis Boyle
“To say something or not about a suspicious or left behind item in public -- most of us, aware of living in a dangerous world where terrorism could happen anytime, can relate to this situation in Bavoso's play. We're always looking around, wondering about that backpack... Are we overreacting these days about our safety in public? Should we always say something to authorities, or will it just be a waste of time? And then the play becomes something else, a shocking twist that I didn't see coming. Check out this topical play.” — Asher Wyndham
• Source Festival, Washington, DC, June/July 2017
• Orange County New York Arts Council 10-Minute Play Festival, Port Jervis, NY, July 2017 (Reading)
Read the script on the New Play Exchange.
Photo Credit: Teresa Wood Photography