PODCAST: A talk with 'Top of Fringe' Award-Winning 'RESA's Scott Golden, Matt Almos, and Scott Leggett at The Broadwater

Monique LeBleu

Registered Critic, Writer, Editor

UPDATE: 9-29-18 to add Preview Dates
Earning Top of Fringe this year at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the team that earned last year's Best Comedy Easy Targets at the festival, the Burglars of Hamm and Sacred Fools, for their productions "Easy Targets", are bringing back director Todd Merrill's interpretation and his ever-evolving reworked reworking of Lars Mattsun's masterpiece Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk to The Broadwater Theatre.
Having brought back the show for the first time in 15 years - or perhaps its 19? - to the Hollywood Fringe Festival this past June, the Burglars of Hamm and their acclaimed production of this previously unknown masterpiece by Swedish playwright/provocateur and Strindberg contemporary, Lars Mattsun (1849-1912) returns once again to The Broadwater in an in an encore of encores.
Once you've seen an interpretation of Mattsun's Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk - and because that is a mouthful, the showrunners agreed to just call it RESA - the experience is difficult to put into writing.
Although the hope was to get into the brilliant - if not enigmatic - mind of Merrill in a more personal interview, the often aloof and reclusive director was not available. But inspired and hungry with a desire for deeper insight on the piece, members of the show's curators, the Burglars of Hamm of the Sacred Fools, obliged with more information about the inspiring, albeit mind twisting dichotomy that is RESA, for a group interview.
Speaking with show Producer Scott Golden, Burglars of Hamm Founding Partner Matt Almos, and Artistic Director of Sacred Fools and cast member Scott Leggett, they reveal some brief insights into Merrill, what makes him tick like an overwound clock, his never-ending research on Mattsun's elusive piece, and why it is so difficult to get more information on the works of the Swedish master.
To summarize, in their words, “through Mattsun's surreal theatricality and stunning wordplay, the audience is engulfed in the tale of a troubled young man named Philip, who follows a Mysterious Child into a world of art, sexuality, and madness.”
RESA has previously traveled in its historical run to Seattle, Edinburgh, and New York, and the team talks with unbridled excitement over the show's return once again.
The following podcast was prerecorded at The Broadwater in Hollywood, home of Sacred Fools and The Burglars of Hamm, and is a spirited discussion on the show's deep and meaningful material, with some hilarious results. Like the show at its core, produced was some very ripe fruit.
RESA returns for another encore run at The Broadwater on Friday, October 5, 2018, bringing with it its amazing and talented cast to make us laugh, cry, and then cry even more with laughter.
A serious piece aided by the director's unique insights throughout, RESA is a must see. With hope, this interview may bring about more insight into that mind - just not from him. Be sure to keep those headphones on.

Lars Mattsun's masterpiece Resa Fantastiskt Mystisk previews Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, at 8 p.m., and opens October 5 to November 3, 2018, at The Broadwater Theatre. Visit their website for showtimes and tickets.
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Monique A. LeBleu/Event Editor and Contributor.