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IFursona non Grata is a new comedy by Jeff Goode. It chronicles the story of Lisa a successful young attorney, who, along with her long-time boyfriend, Dane, is lured home under urgent circumstance. This is Dane’s first-time face to face or better “face to fur” meeting with her family. Upon their arrival Dane discovers that during their 3 year relationship Lisa left out one small detail, she is from a family of furries*! What happens next is a madcap comedy of faux paus, misunderstandings and personal growth.
FURSONA NON GRATA is the first full-length, professionally produced play that examines this intriguing sub-culture phenomenon. First Look Buffalo Theatre Company is proud to produce this World Premiere comedy that focuses on the love of family, and most importantly, acceptance. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you might even cough up a furball!
*Furries (plural noun) enthusiasts for animal characters with human characteristics, in particular a person who dresses up in costume as such a character or uses one as an avatar online.
About the Playwright: Jeff Goode is a Los Angeles based playwright and screenwriter, the award winning author of the International cult hit THE EIGHT REINDEER MONOLOGUES and creator of Disney’s AMERICAN DRAGON: JAKE LONG. Jeff is a proud member of First Look Buffalo Theatre Company’s playwright wing.
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10 QUESTIONS FOR JEFF GOODE - (Playwright, Fursona Non Grata at First Look
Buffalo) by Donna Hoke, April 26, 2023
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IInterview with Jeff Goode - Playwright
Fursona Non Grata - presented by First Look Buffalo at the Park School
Give us a nutshell bio that tells us about you and why you write.
When I was young, my dad was in the military, and we were constantly relocating. It was hard to make friends, but I learned if I could make people laugh, I could jumpstart a friendship in minutes. That philosophy became a career when people started hiring me to entertain them.
What is the synopsis of the play in your own words?
A young woman, raised by Furries, brings her soon-to-be-fiance home to meet the family. For him—and many audience members—it’s the first contact with the strange and colorful world of the Furries.
Other First Look Buffalo Plays - Press quotes
“We loved it. Can’t stop talking about it.” -Peter Hall (Theatre Talk)
“…but two things that make RESET so compelling to me are that it’s set in “a foreign country with a big desert” making it a very timely play whether you relate it to Afghanistan or Iraq or any other “sandbox.” And because all the coverage of those conflicts has evoked our sympathy for our troops in those situations, these robots become sympathetic characters.”
“But the play that I can’t stop talking about is the second one of the Sci-fi double feature (after a short intermission) and that’s OVERLAY directed by Drew McCabe.” “I think that anyone who has put on a pair of VR goggles will relate to this play. I highly recommend it. “
- Peter Hall (Buffalo Rising)
Buffalo rising review
Channel 7 news interview
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