The newest theater company in St. Petersburg's burgeoning scene is ready to make its big debut in its permanent home. Good Egg, a funny and unusual play about bioethics and unconditional love, will be A Simple Theatre's inaugural production at Eckerd College's Bininger Theatre.
The play follows responsible Meg, who has always taken care of her bipolar younger brother. But when she decides to get pregnant — and have her embryos screened for bipolar disorder — is she taking the idea of being responsible too far? Meg will be played by Meg Heimstead, the theater's co-founder and also director of education at American Stage.
Good Egg will be A Simple Theatre's third production. Death and the Maiden in 2011 and the world premiere of Congratulations, Joe last year were staged at Studio@620.
"One of the reasons that we started this company was that we wanted to see more of the new and edgy theater that comes out of places like Chicago and New York produced here in St. Petersburg," Heimstead said. "We have a commitment to showcasing strong storytelling — great scripts and great acting."
The theater also is committed to new playwrights, she said, and hopes to eventually produce a world premiere play every season.
Also key to the new theater is Gavin Hawk, a teacher and familiar actor at American Stage and assistant professor of theater at Eckerd College.
"I am thrilled with this agreement," Hawk said in a press release. "We will have a permanent home in which we can produce our plays, in a space that has proper lighting and sound equipment, and an existing scene and costume shop."
Good Egg opens tonight at 8, with shows at 8 Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, through July 28. Tickets are $25; $20 students and seniors. Eckerd College Bininger Theatre is at 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 864-8279. asimpletheatre.org.
Kelly Smith, Times entertainment editor