“Composure” by Scott C. Sickles is a romantic drama set on a college campus about a star-crossed relationship between two men in midlife whose past tragedies encroach upon their present. The play won two New York Innovative Theatre Awards for Outstanding Director (Fritz Brekeller) and Outstanding Original Full-Length Script following its developmental production that was presented by The Workshop Theater in 2015. From June 1 to 24, The Workshop Theater will present the play in finished form to share this thought-provoking piece with a wider audience. It will be directed again by Fritz Brekeller.
The setting of the play is a college town and the time of the play is a year after an on-campus murder-suicide that grew out of an unrequited love. Fletcher Driscoll, a 48 year-old theater director, has returned to his alma mater to stage “Romeo and Juliet,” which was selected to commemorate the tragedy. Upon his arrival, Fletcher begins a casual fling with a divorced administrator, Jeff Landry, 52. Jeff is recently “out” and struggling to maintain a friendship with his ex-wife as they mourn her recently deceased brother. In the meantime, Fletcher encounters a former high school bully with whom he shares a disturbing, haunting history. Both men’s distressing memories and associations interfere with their new romance. As the opening night of “Romeo and Juliet” looms closer, signaling the expiration date on their romance, Fletcher and Jeff are forced to process painful events of their own pasts in order to advance their lives.