by Lynn Marie Macy · August 17, 2014
Quiet Peninsula is a performance of three inter-related one-act plays by Brandon Ferraro. They are Act I: Andre Washington, Act II: Walter Lawrence and Act III: Crystal Stevens. Ferraro has cleverly constructed the piece challenging the audience to connect the story lines as the play unfolds – in addition to the fact that that all of the stories take place in Michigan towns simultaneously (the rest of the details should be left to the element of surprise.)
In Act I Lani Harms and Lauren Hayes play two police officers that find themselves in a bar, one consoling the other after a shooting gone wrong. Harms and Hayes are both believable and committed in their roles. In Act II Hank Offinger and Brandon Ferraro play an injured father and his son visiting the father in his care home, each struggling to come to terms with a horrific traffic accident. Offinger is moving as the immobile father who is unable to speak and Ferraro’s desperation to keep his family’s finances above water is extremely effective. Act III was a bit more difficult to engage in emotionally because; of the three characters: a college athlete accused of sexual assault - Ja-Ron Young, his coach - Sean McIntyre and a university representative - Briana Pozner, no character was particularly likable. This was no fault on the part of the performers who executed their roles skillfully. But author Ferraro left no room for the audience to root for any one of his characters.
Quiet Peninsula is directed by Samantha Tella, who employs simple but effective staging, keeps the action well paced and the moves between the acts efficiently choreographed. Costumes, Lighting and Sound by Kurt Cruz support the action successfully. All in all Quiet Peninsula offers a terrific ensemble of actors in a cleverly structured piece with each Act seemingly named for the “victim” who is left with no voice to speak for themselves. Despite the fact that some of the action stretches our suspension of disbelief to the end point, the play is worthy of some attention.