Scran­ton artists to stage orig­i­nal show lo­cally be­fore tak­ing show across pond to Scot­land

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Somepeo­ple take their showon the road, but a group of Scran­ton per­form­ers will take theirs across the pond.

“The Dar­ling Core,” co- cre­ated and co- star­ring lo­cal artists Si­mone Daniel and Conor An­thony O’Brien, makes its in­ter­na­tional de­but at the 2017 Ed­in­burghFringeFes­ti­val in Scot­land thissum­mer.

In case they can’tmake the trip to Europe, North­east­Penn­syl­va­nia res­i­dents have the chance to see it a lit­tle closer to­homeas the Cooper­age Project, 1030 Main St., Honesdale, hosts two per­for­mances of the play to­day and Satur­day. Doors open at 7: 30 p. m. and the show­starts at 8. There is no ad­mis­sion price but do­na­tions to ben­e­fit the Cooper­age are ac­cepted.

The showal­sow­ill ap­pear as a part of East to Ed­in­burghFes­ti­val at 59e59Theatres, NewYork City, on July 11 and 16.

The story cen­ters on Adam, the first man, and Lil­lith, the orig­i­nal first­wom­an­that “re­vi­sion­ist his­tory has kind of wiped away,” Daniel said.

Ac­cord­ing to lore, Lil­lith left Adamand the Gar­den of Eden, re­fus­ing to be sub­servient to him, and thus be­came know­nas a de­mon. In “The Dar­ling Core,” Adamand Lil­lith are a vaudeville duo and the play takes place back­stage at one of their gigs.

“Af­ter all th­ese years of work­ing to­gether, they con­tinue to butt heads and not un­der­stand each other. Pret­ty­much like most­menand­women,” Daniel said with a laugh.

Daniel and O’Brien orig­i­nally wrote the showand pre­sented it at Pitts­burghFringeFes­ti­val in 2014, then at lo­cal venues in­clud­ing O’Brien’s for­merVin­tageTheater and Olde Brick­Theatre and at the Cel­lTheatre in­Man­hat­tan. Both Daniel and O’Brien ac­knowl­edged how­much the play has grow­nand changed over the years.

“It’s funny nowhowd­if­fer­en­twe are and the writ­ing is sincewe started,” Daniel said. “Three years ago wewere like, ‘ This is ex­act­ly­what we want to say.’ But, we’ve changed, and the­world is changed, and look­ing at it now, we thinkmaybe that isn’twhatwe wanted to say any­more. It’s been a very cool ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The pair also en­joys col­lab­o­rat­ing with an ex­tended group of artists. As part of NewVin­tageEnsem­ble, a col­lec­tive of re­gional writ­ers, direc­tors and ac­tors, fresh eyes take a look at the piece each time it’s pre­sented.

For ex­am­ple, they noted that the dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives of­fered from orig­i­nal di­rec­torMag­gie O’Brien ( now­su­per­vis­ing pro­ducer) to Daniel Holme, who cur­rently fills that role, have been the most in­vig­o­rat­ing part.

“It’s been a joy frombe­gin­ning to end,” O’Brien said, ad­ding that the en­sem­ble’s mis­sion is to “rein­vent the fa­mil­iar” with itsworks. “Work­ing­with this group of tal­ented artists has been an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Whether they’ve been­with the pro­duc­tion since 2014 or came on a lit­tle later, the guid­ance, sup­port, creativ­ity is just un­par­al­leled.”

As co- founder of Scran­tonFringe Fes­ti­val, O’Brien, along with co­founderEl­iz­a­beth Bo­han, will at­tend­meet­ings and­work­shops in Scot­land to bring back to the city’s fes­ti­val, which re­turns this fall. “The Dar­ling Core” con­tin­ues to el­e­vate all­who are a part of it to new heights.

“This has gone places thatwe never thought was it was go­ing to,” Daniel said.“We’ll keep­work­ing on it and see­what changes, butwhat­ever hap­pens is fur­ther thanwe thought wewere go­ing to be three years ago. Andthat’s re­ally ex­cit­ing.”

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