A book club meeting in 1953 starts to unravel as recent gossip surrounding Claire's 6-year old son leaks into the conversation and debate surrounding an even more radical piece of popular young adult literature, The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger. Tensions rise in an unusual, uncomfortable display of a sugar-coated war of subtext and banter between these 5 society women. Claire must find a way to stand up for her son and herself, without alienating her family from the entire neighborhood. Flipping between 1953 and Claire's earlier years in the late 1940's, the story shows a woman who was born too early trying to survive in suburban America during the era of the Cold War, and begs the question: What happens when our society fails to protect our children's innocence? And when, or why, does a mother cross the line of protection?
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Kelsey Lake as Claire Gardner
Carly McKee as Bridgette Campbell
Chris Harral as Dan Gardner
Gabe Armentano as Jimmy Hunter
Maribel Cabrera as Ann Menken
Sherie Ouellet as Betty Reed
Melissa Bowley as Sally Russel
Written and Directed by David Armanino
Assistant Directed by Lauren Flack, Ashley Romans
Stage Manager - Nikila Cranage
Assistant Stage Manager - Natalie Spence
Production Assistant - Brooke Debetties
Production Manager - Dana Greenfield
Casting Assistant - Martha Reutlinger
Costume Design by Meghan Condran, asst. Leana Gardella
Set Design by Shane Lowry
Props/Set Dressing by Brooke Van Hensbergen
Sound Design by Margaret Montagna
Hair/Makeup Design by Stefani Vivian
Lighting Design by Justin Heart
Performing April 25-27 at Black Box 311
140 Williams St. PACE University Performing Arts
Show Times: Fri @ 8:00, Sat @ 2:00 and 6:00, Sun @ 1:00 and 5:00
WHY I WROTE IT:
Why? Why donate to this play? Why is this play even a play?
I'm glad you asked. I have been writing for years, since I was young. An appreciation and love for the literary arts was passed down to me at a young age by my mother (an editor and English teacher), and nurtured through my high school years. The books I read as I grew up shaped how I see the world - how I live my life every day. Books like The Catcher In The Rye. This play is an homage to that love of Literature, and a lot of other things that I have become fascinated with over my 20 years: the end of WWII and Cold War Era in the United States, the struggle of women born into incredibly strict patriarchal societies, the effects of war on an entire nation of young men, how women interact with each other, how far mothers will go to protect their children, how far they should go. But most importantly: why did family life in our nation fail at a time of such prosperity, economic growth, and ingenuity? Why was something broken seen as such a shining example? What was going on underneath the veneer? These questions are why I wrote this play about a woman just trying to survive. Because I still have these same questions about aspects of our society now, in 2014.
There was an underlying fear, inherent to every American's life in 1953, of the other. There is still this fear in many of us. My play explores these fears through the eyes of that most-relatable character in each of our lives: a mother. I'd love if you would help us face and explore these fears too.
Thank You to all who support our work.
-David Armanino + Studio 501
PACE University Room 311 (View)
140 Williams St.
New York, NY 10038
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|