Charlie (Jake Teixeira) is at the end of his rope — or orange extension cord, to be exact — and is about to hang himself in a New Jersey beach house, when realtor Emma (Carol Crosby) coincidentally enters and interrupts his attempted suicide. The gregarious ganja smoker (a refugee from Great Britain in search of a green card) tries to get Charlie to divulge the reason for his depression, enlisting her firefighter/drug dealer friend Myron (Alex Aragon) to cheer him up. In true sitcom style, a ukulele-playing high-dollar escort (Madison Gomez as “Kim”) also arrives, courtesy of Charlie’s billionaire buddy. Before this one-act pilot episode is over, each character divulges their deep, dark backstory between profane wisecracks and fortune-cookie platitudes about divine intervention and human connection. All New People is the third presentation from Point Blank Productions, which was formed in 2011 by Hagerty High School alumni Teixeira and Aragon, who collaborate as co-producers and co-directors (with assistant direction by Chelsea Sorenson). The cast and crew are all local college students, and have done an impressive job assembling the production, considering their age and experience, and earned appreciative laughs from the supportive opening night audience. Myron is the breakout character, […]
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