An OBIE-award winning play, written by Children of a Lesser God
author Mark Medoff, When You Comin Back, Red Ryder?
deals with the changes to the daily drudgery of life at a diner in a sleepy 1960s New Mexico rest stop town. An upscale tourist couple are enjoying their breakfast. A young waitress and fry cook are shooting the breeze. A home-spun gas station owner fills up the tanks of those passing through. Everything is business as usual until suspiciously friendly Vietnam veteran Teddy and a young hippie cast-off arrive. What results is a messy situation involving drugs, guns, and emotional torture, with everyone questioning who are the hostages and who are the terrorists. It's not just a fight between Teddy and the diner patrons, but between generations and classes, where past collides with present.
"Director Michael Brophy got himself a winner of a cast." – Philadelphia Inquirer
"masterfully directed by… Michael Brophy … with a brilliant cast of Philadelphia favorites ...outstanding theater…" – TheArtBlog.org