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The Antelope Party

Eric John Meyer
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Pony up, America! Equestria is a land of friendship. Equestria is a land of magic. Equestria is Ben’s apartment in rural Pennsylvania. Every Tuesday night, Ben hosts “The Rust Belt Ponies Meet-Up Group for Adult Fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” Sharing fun with these friends is a wonderful place to be. After all, nothing bad can happen in Equestria … But when an ominous neighborhood watch brigade starts patrolling the streets, fear and paranoia creep into the circle of friendship. The outside world is turning more violent and authoritarian, and it is sucking our heroes into an entirely different story. A timely new comedy that explores the rise of a new social order and how the currents of history, normalization, and fear can sweep up even the most generous bronies.

Production Info

Cast: 6 total (3 female, 3 male)
Full Length Dark Comedy (about 100 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes
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Reviews

Press Quotes

“[THE ANTELOPE PARTY] uses a classic movie thriller structure to explore the potential real-world dangers of wish-fulfillment fantasy groups … By taking various precautions — part childish desire to protect their cool little club, part survival response to actual danger — the group believes itself impervious to outside forces. But THE ANTELOPE PARTY crafts a clever little awakening for them, and anyone who shares their belief that there is safety in numbers.” —Juan A Ramirez, The New York Times, Critic’s Pick

“‘Friendship is magic’ is the motto of characters in both the animated children’s series My Little Pony and Eric John Meyer’s subtly chilling comedy THE ANTELOPE PARTY … Meyer’s story about a group of lonely outcasts reminds us that acceptance and community can indeed be magical — but sometimes magic can be dark.” —Carey Purcell, Time Out New York, Recommended

“Where have you gone, Princess Celestia? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you. And we need the Elements of Harmony now more than ever. If you got those references, then you’ve probably spent time with the animated series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. If, as a grown-up, you’ve created costumes based on characters from the show and congregated with other like-minded fans, then you’re probably a ‘brony.’ Brony culture (captured in the 2012 documentary Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony) is the jumping-off point for Eric John Meyer’s THE ANTELOPE PARTY. But Meyer’s story jumps the fences and heads for the open range of American populism and paranoia. It’s set in a Rust Belt Pennsylvania mill town — the kind of place where one expects the local diner to be stuffed with a mix of hardscrabble former steelworkers and national reporters interrogating them about their voting preferences over bacon and eggs. It’s a place where the misfit brony men and ‘pegasisters’ who gather every week to share stories and play games based on the Hasbro series walk warily outdoors, their ‘cutie marks’ covered up, lest they be jumped by the intolerant. If we’ve learned one thing about how fascism works (and brother, are we learning a lot), it’s that elevating tribal grievances over harmony and creating a hated Other is the path to power. So when Maggie, the glamorous ‘Twilight Sparkle’ of the gang, twists their arms (or forelegs) to join with her father’s ‘Antelope Party’ (a neighborhood watch group with darker political aspirations), things take a sharp turn for the allegorical. Meyer has an undeniable flair for illustrating how group dynamics shift once the fear factor enters the room…” —Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune

“The show starts with a comically underattended gathering of the Rust Belt Ponies Meetup Group, complete with homemade costumes and wistful misfits. But from there Meyer takes an odd, fascinating turn: the neighborhood where the misfits meet has become an outpost for a watch group that evolves into a militant political organization with an arcane, quasi-Wagnerian mythology. Meyer is brilliant at showing how fantasy play may produce a brony or a neo-Nazi…” —Tony Adler, Reader

“Meyer gives life and breath and love to all of these oddly human misfits; they’re relatable in their common quest to find their tribe. Simultaneously, we’re compelled to consider the consequences of a tribe ‘going wrong.’ In conversation with our time, it offers insight into the humanization and justification of the ‘bad guys’ … a thought-provoking romp that’s not to be missed.” —Kelsey McGrath, Perform.Ink

About the Author

Author

  • Eric John Meyer

    Eric John Meyer is a playwright and performer based in New York City. His plays include THE ANTELOPE PARTY (Theater Wit, world premiere), THE APOCRYPHAL TRAGEDY OF KING MICHAEL (Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb SuperLab), and THE SISTER (Dutch Kills Theater Company, world premiere; Edinburgh Fringe Festival), among others. He is a two-time finalist for the Heideman Award (National Ten-Minute Play Contest) and his ten-minute plays GRACE and THE RUSTBELT BRONIES MEET UP GROUP FOR ADULT FANS OF MY LITTLE PONY were performed at Actors Theater of Louisville as part of The Tens. Eric is a member of The Actors Studio Playwright/Director Unit and a recipient of a new play commission from Playwrights Horizons. As an actor, Eric has appeared in the indie horror film THE MOOSE HEAD OVER THE MANTLE, as well as his own plays OBFUSCATION (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and NOT WINEHOUSE (The Truck Project). Eric is a co-founder of Human Head Performance Group and The Truck Project, both of which he established with his partner, Jean Ann Douglass. With Human Head, he co-wrote and co-directed DUE TO EVENTS (The Brick Theater, world premiere), and OBFUSCATION at Ed Fringe. With The Truck Project, he co-created and performed in numerous short plays presented in 24' Budget rental trucks. MFA: Sarah Lawrence College.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 12/21/2021
Pages 98
ISBN 9780881459197

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

First produced at Theatre Wit, Chicago, IL, January 2018
Jeremy Wechsler, Producing Artistic Director

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
The Antelope Party is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC
www.broadwayplaypublishing.com

Production Video and Stills

Production Video and Stills

The Theater Wit world premiere production of THE ANTELOPE PARTY in Chicago, IL, 2018.


Antelope pic 1

The Theater Wit world premiere.


Antelope pic 2

The Theater Wit world premiere.
Productions

Upcoming and Recent Productions

Professional


10/12/2023 – 10/22/2023
Oklahoma City Repertory Theater
Oklahoma City, OK

7/17/2023 – 7/18/2023
The Shotgun Players
Berkeley, CA

10/10/2022 – 10/10/2022
Nordiska Aps
Stockholm, Sweden

11/4/2021 – 12/4/2021
Dutch Kills Theater Company
New York, NY

Nonprofessional


10/17/2024 – 11/4/2024
Boston University School Of Theatre
Boston, MA

2/23/2024 – 3/17/2024
Chelsea, MA

5/8/2023 – 5/8/2023
American Academy Of Dramatic Arts
Los Angeles, CA

4/19/2023 – 4/19/2023
American Academy Of Dramatic Arts-New York
New York, NY

4/16/2021 – 4/17/2021
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA