Waffle House Takes happens
As longtime Atlanta playwrights Ray Larson and Eddie Levi Lee view it, the Waffle House witching hour occurs every day around 3 a.m. That’s the reality-is-stranger-than-fiction moment when babies are born within the parking area and cops Taser waiters for entertainment. That’s exactly the mood the legendary duo aspire to capture within their latest effort, “The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered, and Scattered 24/7/365,” running May 11 to June 24 at Little Five Points’ Horizon Theatre Company.
Egged on with a 2009 AJC story chronicling crazy, real-existence occasions at Atlanta Waffle Houses (including both occurrences pointed out above), they dish up a platter of scrambled figures whose Midtown waffle shack is jeopardized with a property developer attempting to develop a behemoth multiuse project.
Larson and Lee’s newest effort, “Charm School” (Horizon), won the 2007 Suzi Bass playwriting award-Atlanta theater’s same as Broadway’s Tonys. Both Charm School, a satire of corporate diversity training, and “The Bench,” a 2002 Alliance Theatre Christmas play, were relatively mellow comedies for authors who burst to the local scene within the eighties with “The Bloodstream Orgy Trilogy,” a number of B-movie riffs glutted with “chain-gang Amazon . com women, chain saw stewardesses, and zombie assassins.” “Waffle Palace” may signal coming back for their gonzo roots.
For inspiration, Larson continues to be sopping up atmosphere at Waffle Houses near his Marietta home. Such as the raucous behavior, the meals just will get better because the night wears on: “When you’re type of drunk,” he quips, finishing an omelet in a location on Roswell Road, “it really tastes good.” horizontheatre.com
Illustration by PJ Loughran