Margaret (Lyman) and Gil (Tim Jerome) meet over the balconies of their condos in the Florida Keys during the Covid lockdown. As their relationship develops, they struggle with memories of what their golden years were supposed to look like while focusing on a fearful, distanced, "safe" reality. The key to happiness might just include letting go and taking some risks.
This timely play is ideal for presentation beginning this spring as theaters begin to re-open. The two actors are separated on one set.
An Emmy award -winning actress, Ms. Lyman is also a theatre and television director (75 episodes of THE NANNY for CBS) and a filmmaker as well as playwright. She is most widely known for her TV roles in "Mama's Family" and "All My Children."
Tim Jerome(Gil) is an actor, singer, Founding President of MainStreet Musicals, National Music Theater Network, and NYMF. He has been performing professionally on-stage since 1968 with 18 Broadway shows (one Tony nomination) and 12 feature films to his credit. He also has performed in regional theaters and on tour throughout the country exclusively in principle roles. e American Guild of Musical Artists.
Elinor Renfield (Director) After completing a scholarship year at The Central School for Speech and Drama in London, she began her graduate work in Theatre and Film at CUNY (Hunter College) where she received an MA. Her thirty year career as a stage director has included work on Broadway, Off Broadway and in Regional Theaters.
Emma Palzere-Rae performs an excerpt of her one-woman
play, The Woodhull Project, about 1872 Presidential candidate,
Toast the Vote!
Join the CT Chapter of the League of Professional Theatre
Women for three online play-excerpt readings to celebrate the 100th anniversary
of the 19th Amendment, giving women the vote.
July 22, 2020 -- The Woodhull Project by Emma
Aug. 12, 2020 -- Lifting As We Climb by Charlene A.
Donaghy. Inspired by Mary Eliza Church Terrell. Commissioned for WomenKind
2020. Reading by Jackie Davis.
Sept. 23, 2020 -- Susan B. by Toby
Each session will be held from 5 to 6 pm (Eastern).
Playwrights will be on hand for Q & A following the presentations, which
will be moderated by Virginia Wolf.
Bring a glass of champagne or your favorite beverage to toast the pioneers who
led the way to winning the vote for women. We are looking forward to seeing you
You must RSVP for each session you wish to attend. If you
are not a member of the League, please enter BWW when prompted for the name of
the memebr who invited you. Verified attendees will receive a Zoom link to
attend the session closer to the date. If you register, but then find you
cannot attend, please cancel your reservation here on Eventbrite so the slot
may be given to someone else. Slots for each session are limited.
The Woodhull Project by Emma Palzere-Rae*
Known as a Free Lover, Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to speak before
U.S. Congress, the first woman to open a stock brokerage firm, the first woman
to publish a newspaper, and the first woman to run for U.S. president. You
won't want to miss the chance to meet this woman who was written out of history
as she visits "here and now" from 1872 to reflect on politics and
women's rights through a flashback or two of her extraordinary and scandalous
Mary Eliza Church Terrell was a well-known African-American activist who
championed racial equality and women's suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th
century. An Oberlin College graduate, Terrell was part of the rising black
middle and upper class who used their position to fight racial discrimination.
Synopsis: The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting American
women the right to vote, is making 1920 a banner year for suffragists.
Ratification power sits in the hands of white Tennessee legislators and, in
order to appease them, white suffragists have distanced themselves from African
American suffragists. Mary Church Terrell, a founding member of the National
Association of Colored Women, racial equality activist, and ardent suffragist
who has worked alongside her white counterparts, discovers this when she and
her sisters-in-arms are asked to curb their activities. Now Mary must decide
her future role in the movement and in a relationship with women she trusted,
answering the question: did these women break faith for their own sakes or were
they acting for the greater good?
Susan B. by Toby Armour*
Sept. 23, 2020
Why did Susan B. Anthony became a suffragist instead of a Quaker minister? Her
decision is revealed in the reading of a new play titled "Susan B."
by award-winning playwright Toby Armour.
Toby is the national winner of the Lewis Prize and is the playwright in
residence at the Fringe Theatre in Key West, Florida. Her plays have been
presented in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Atlanta as well as London,
Edinburgh and Tipperary, Ireland. "Susan B." is the first part of
Armour's latest work titled "Aunt Susan and Her Tennessee Waltz." The
two-part play will premiere at the Theater for the New City in New York in
* CT Chapter member
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS
Charlene A. Donaghy's plays have been produced and awarded from New York to Los
Angeles, in Great Britain and Canada. Hansen Publishing Group publishes
Charlene's play collection: Bones of Home and Other Plays. Other
publications include Best American Short Plays (3x), Best Ten Minute Plays
2018, 25*10-Minute Plays for Teens, and Estrogenius, a Celebration of
Female Voices (2x). Charlene is Producing Director of the Tennessee
Williams Theater Festival and Festival Director of the Warner
International Playwrights Festival. She is co-founder of the Association of
Theatre in Higher Education Judith Royer Award of Excellence in Playwriting.
She teaches playwriting, fiction writing, and theater at University of Nebraska
Omaha, is a founding member of Boston's Proscenium Playwrights, a core member
of NYC's 9th Floor Playwrights' and Artists' Collective, a member of The
Playwrights Center, and The Dramatists Guild of America where she served as a
Regional Representative for six years. Ms. Donaghy is a breast cancer survivor
and holds true Tennessee
Williams words in "Camino Real" Make Voyages! Attempt
them! There's nothing else.
is an actor, director and choreographer working primarily on the east coast.
She can be seen as abolitionist, Susan Robbins in Colombia Pictures' Film,
Little Women (credited as JM Davis). Jackie is a member of Actors Equity
Association and the Screen Actors Guild. She is currently part of the
production team of From a Distance, a web-series, taking place in these
days of COVID19. Notable theatrical directing credits include Race, Ruined, and
For Colored Girls Who Consider Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Notable
theatrical choreography projects include Dance Nation, The Wiz and
Caroline or Change. She is the founding artistic director of New Urban
Theater Laboratory, where she produced and directed five years of new works in
Massachusetts. Ms. Davis is involved in all three disciplines, theater,
television and film. She was most recently seen on stage in Trinity
Repertory Company's production of A tale of two cities.
Emma Palzere-Rae Emma Palzere-Rae is an actor, playwright, director, and
producer. She spent 15 years in the NYC theater community, where she began
producing one-woman plays and founded Be Well Productions and the Womenkind
Festival. She is dedicated to telling untold women's stories through theater
and believes in the healing power of theater. Emma's plays include Aunt
Hattie's House, about what compelled Harriet
Beecher Stowe to pen Uncle Tom's Cabin, Live from the Milky
Way... It's Gilda
Radner!, A Nice Place to Visit, and The Woodhull Project. Her
one-woman plays tour throughout the country. Ms. Palzere-Rae is the former
Artistic Director of Plays for Living,
a theater for social change repertory company formerly located in NYC, and is
the current Associate Director at Artreach, Inc. (Norwich, CT), which provides
arts programming to adults living with mental illness. She is a member of
Actor's Equity and the Dramatists Guild, where she serves as the Regional
Representative for New England - West.
Toby Armour has spent much of her life in theater- as stagehand, dancer,
choreographer, dance company director, theater director, and playwright. Her
plays have been done in Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Denver, elsewhere
in this country, as well as London, Scotland and Ireland. She holds a doctorate
in history and is a national award-winning playwright (The Lewis Prize) and
Jerome Fellow, many of whose works are based on oral history and stories of
community. Her plays about early New Haven are up on vimeo, as is Zebra telling
the story of the famous Zebra in Stubb's painting at the Yale New Haven British
Art Center. Part One of Susan B. and Her Tennessee Waltz has been live-streamed
by Theater for the New City. The complete play will be presented by Theater for
the New City this Fall or as soon as our new world permits.
Virginia Wolf, moderator
Ginny is a member of the Steering Committee for the CT Chapter of LPTW. She is host of “SpotLight, Radio Reveling in the Arts and Entertainment”, Thursdays at 12:30 on WLIS/WMRD (www.wliswmrd.net), covering arts and entertainment throughout Connecticut. During this “intermission”, she is dedicating the show to storytelling, but looks forward to getting back to normal whenever it’s possible!
In addition, Virginia is founder of Herstory Theater, generally dedicated to bringing to life the unsung heroines of history, as well as producing a host of additional projects that both celebrate women and history, and a simple love of theater and performing (learn more at www.herstorytheater.com); works as a voiceover artist and audio book narrator; steps in as Katy Leary for the Living History Tours at the Mark Twain House and Museum; and can be found on stage whenever/wherever someone casts her!
In accordance with guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and under the continued direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Broadway shows in New York City will extend the current suspension of all performances through June 7, 2020.
“Our top priority continues to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatregoers and the thousands of people who work in the theater industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals.” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League. “Broadway will always be at the very heart of the Big Apple, and we join with artists, theatre professionals, and fans in looking forward to the time when we can once again experience live theatre together.”
Those holding tickets for performances through June 7, 2020 will receive an e-mail from their point of purchase with information regarding exchanges or refunds. Any customers holding tickets through June 7, 2020 that have not received an e-mail by April 12 should reach out to their point of purchase for information regarding exchanges or refunds.
Release from the Broadway League:
Under the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Broadway shows in New York City will suspend all performances immediately in support of the health and well-being of the theatregoing public, as well as those who work in the theatre industry. Performances will commence the week of April 13, 2020.
“Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatregoers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers, and many other dedicated professionals,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “Broadway has the power to inspire, enrich and entertain, and together we are committed to making that vital spirit a reality. Once our stages are lit again, we will welcome fans back with open arms so that they can continue to experience the joy, heart, and goodwill that our shows so passionately express every night.”
Those holding tickets for performances through April 12, 2020 should contact their point of purchase for refunds and exchanges.
The Broadway League will continue to closely monitor the evolving coronavirus situation on behalf of the Broadway community and make decisions as circumstances require, in accordance with guidelines from the CDC and state and local health officials.
For further information, please visit broadwayleague.com.
Other cancellations and postponements: (Check back to see the latest.)
MORE BREAKING NEWS:
😷The Tony Awards, which were scheduled for June 7 have been postponed. No new date has been announced.
😷Lincoln Center Theater's Flying Over Sunset and Roundabout Theatre Company's Birthday Candles and Caroline, or Change—have been postponed to fall.
😷The Outer Critics Circle Awards scheduled for May 21 have been postponed. A new date has not been determined.
😷Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has canceled the 2020 Easter Bonnet Competition, which was scheduled to take place April 20 and 21 at the Minskoff Theatre.
😷The 76th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony originally scheduled for Monday evening, June 1, 2020 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway) has been POSTPONED until Fall 2020. A new date will be announced soon.
😷The 2020 Olivier Awards scheduled for April 5 have been cancelled.
😷Showscore Shuts Down: Starting this Friday, we will no longer be updating the site, nor accepting new shows and reviews. We will continue to tie up loose ends and are planning to host our members at Socials through the summer and into the fall, when theater is back.
😷No events scheduled within The Lambs until further notice. 3 West building is closed.
😷From Mayor Bill de Blasio:
Nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses and concert venues must all close. The order will go into effect Tuesday, March 17 at 9 am.
😷The remaining six shows of the Women’s History Solo Show Series co-presented by the 14th Street Y are postponed until a later date. Ticket purchasers will be contacted by the 14th Street Y.
😷TCG is moving to remote operations effective Monday, March 16, and the administrative offices will be closed.
😷The Commercial Theater Institute's Continued Legal Education seminar scheduled for April 1-2 has been postponed until the fall.
😷The League of Professional Theatre Women's Julia’s Reading Room originally scheduled for March 25 at the Jefferson Market Library has been cancelled.
😷Miranda Theatre Company has postponed the the final two readings of the Liz Smith Reading Series.
😷MCC Theater is announcing changes to 2019/20 productions and events:
The New York premiere of All The Natalie Portmans played its final performance Thursday, March 12.
The World Premiere of Nollywood Dreams will not begin preview performances on Thursday, March 19 as previously announced. The production will be rescheduled for a later date in our 2019/20 Season. New dates will be announced. Contact the MCC Box Office at email@example.com.
Miscast 20, the 20th annual MCC Theater gala, previously scheduled for Monday, April 6, will now be held on Monday, June 15 at The Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center. Tickets purchased to the April 6 event will be honored on June 15.
😷Performances of Harry Townsend's Last Stand at City Center Stage II
will continue as scheduled. Per Governor Cuomo's advisement, the show will reduce the seating capacity of the theater by 50 percent to allow for "social distancing."
😷Red Bull Theater has cancelled all public events until April 12, 2020.
😷Repertorio Español has suspended performances through March 31.
😷The McKittrick Hotel which houses the shows Sleep No More, The Woman in Black, Speakeasy Magick and the rooftop Lodge at Gallow Green will close through April 12, 2020.
😷All remaining performances of Gnit, by Will Eno originally scheduled through March 29 at Teana are cancelled.
😷All programming and events at Feinstein’s/54 Below are postponed until April 8, 2020.
😷En Garde Arts is canceling the remaining stops in the Bronx and Brooklyn on their five-borough tour of Fandango For Butterflies (And Coyotes).
😷Transport Group's gala April 6 honoring Lori Fineman and Katherine Marshall has been postponed. A new date will be announced.
😷Abingdon Theatre Company is postponing all programming until further notice.
😷The Play Company's production of Sarah Einspanier's Lunch Bunch had been scheduled to start performances next week. PlayCo is canceling performances March 18-31. Previews are now scheduled to begin April 1, and PlayCo is adding performances April 21-26.
😷Works and Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has cancelled performances from March through May 2020, to be rescheduled at a later date.
😷Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation and the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College have postponed their co-production and world premiere of the new musical, DREAMING OF 1975 Saturday, March 21, 2020.
😷About Love has played its final performance Off-Broadway at The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture a week-and-a-half earlier than its previously announced limited engagement was to conclude. Ticket-holders for canceled performances should contact their point of purchase for a refund.
Programming at The Sheen Center has been suspended through the end of March. The building is clo0sed to the public.
😷All performances of the off-Broadway production of Drift at New World Stages through Sunday, April 12, 2020 are cancelled. To reschedule your tickets, contact your point of sale.All tickets purchased for the impacted dates will be refunded automatically.
😷Vineyard Theatre announces that starting Friday, March 13 all performances of Dana H. will be suspended through March 31. The theatre will play to 50 percent capacity April 1 - 12. Dana H. will be extending to April 19 in order to accommodate patrons who want to see the production or who must reschedule.
😷Rattlestick Playwrights Theater will suspend performances of The Siblings play as of Saturday night, March 14 until further notice.
😷Playwrights Horizons: All remaining performances of Unknown Soldier are cancelled. Ticket holders will be contacted directly about next steps.The first preview performance of Selling Kabul, slated for March 27, will most likely be delayed to a later date TBA.
😷Atlantic Theater administrative offices, studios, and theaters closed until further notice. All Atlantic staff will be working remotely and reachable via email during that time. Atlantictheater.org.
😷The Public Theater has cancelled all shows and events March 12 through April 12 to support citywide efforts to reduce the coronavirus spread. Current ticket holders have been sent an email with additional details on their cancelled performance but for inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-967-7555.
😷New Victory Theater on 42nd Street announced that the remainder of its 2019-2020 season has been canceled effective March 13 through June 14, 2020. This temporary theater closure affects the remaining five performances of Step Afrika!'s Drumfolk and seven subsequent productions from around the world.
😷The Actors Fund will transition in-person program offerings to online and phone meetings only for the coming weeks.
You can sign up for online seminars on career enrichment, financial wellness, health insurance, affordable housing and more at 212-221-7300 ext. 119.
😷Episcopal Actors' Guild has postponed all events until further notice. Staff will continue to work remotely, and if you are in need of assistance, contact the executive director at email@example.com. With show closures, this may be a challenging time for our community. They are here to help.
😷Playwrights Realm has cancelled its upcoming production of Noah Diaz's RICHARD and JANE and DICK and SALLY, in partnership with The Sol Project.
😷New York Theatre Workshop has cancelled all public-facing events starting at 4 pm March 12.
😷59E59 Theaters will suspend all public programming effective immediately. The building will shut down at 5 pm today (March 12). 59E59 Theaters plans on resuming performances on April 1.
😷Beginning today, March 12, Ars Nova will suspend performances of Heather Christian’s Oratorio for Living Things and close their offices at the Ars Nova Hub (511 W 54th Street) and Ars Nova at Greenwich House (27 Barrow Street) for 30 days. Ars Nova is hopeful that performances will resume in mid-April, pending the status of COVID-19
😷Beyond Babel at Judson Auditorium will suspend performances for the remainder of March and first week of April 2020. The critically acclaimed production will go on hiatus immediately following the 8pm performance tonight, Thursday, March 12.
Performances from March 13 to April 6 will be rescheduled into May 2020. Beyond Babel is currently scheduled to resume performances on Tuesday, April 7 and will now run through Saturday, May 30. The revised performance schedule can be found at www.BeyondBabelShow.com.
😷Metropolitan Opera: We regret to inform our audience that all Met performances have been canceled through March 31, effective immediately.
😷Amas Musical Theatre has postponed its April 6 Blast from The Past Benefit Concert. In addition Amas Musical Theatre's Off-Broadway production of Romeo and Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona, scheduled to begin performances at Theatre Row on March 17 and open on March 26, has been postponed for the time being. The original cast album will be recorded in April.
😷Helpful information about exchanging or cancelling your tickets from BroadwayWorld.
😷The Broadway League highly recommends that all stage door activities be eliminated for the time being. Anyone who is experiencing cold or flu symptoms, or who is not feeling well, is encouraged to stay home and contact the point of purchase for more information about ticket exchanges and policies.
😷As a precaution to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and support the City's efforts to promote social distancing, the Library for the Performing Arts has suspended all programming and events at our location through March 31. At this time, our location remains open during our regular hours.
😷Gingold Theatrical Group (David Staller, Artistic Director) today announced that the 2020 Golden Shamrock Gala scheduled for Monday March 16 at Robert Restaurant honoring Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders and Ethan E. Litwin would be postponed to a later date.
Our reviews are professional reviews written without a religious bias. At the end of them, you can find a listing of language, content or theological issues that Christians might want to know about when deciding which shows to see.
** Mature indicates that the show has posted an advisory because of content. Usually this means I would recommend no one under the age of 16 attend.
Theater Critic Lauren Yarger
Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists. Her play concept, "From Reel to Real: The Jennifer O'Neill Story" was presented as part of the League of professional Theatre Women's Julia's reading Room Series in New York in February 2018.
Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Intensive and other training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.
She was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater (the only ones you can find in the US with an added Christian perspective) at http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/.
She is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection (http://ctarts.blogspot.com), an award-winning website featuring theater and arts news for the state. She is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com. She previously served as theater reviewer for the Manchester Journal-Inquirer, Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp.com and as Connecticut and New York reviewer for American Theater Web.
She is a Co-Founder of the Connecticut Chapter of the League of Professional Theatre Women. She is a former vice preseint and voting member of The Drama Desk.
She is a freelance writer and playwright (member Dramatists Guild of America). She is a member if the The Outer Critics Circle (event manager for the annual awards ceremony), The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and the Drama League. She served as a judge for the SDX Awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Yarger is a book reviewer for Publishers Weekly and freelances for other sites. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
She also is a member of the Episcopal Actors' Guild, the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts and The O'Neill Theatre Center..
A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger also worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and served for nine years as the Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. She lives with her husband in West Granby, CT. They have two adult children.
All material is copyright 2008- 2018 by Lauren Yarger. Reviews and articles may not be reprinted without permission. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Key to Content Notes:
God's name taken in vain -- means God or Jesus is used in dialogue without speaking directly to or about them.
Language -- means some curse words are used. "Minor" usually means the words are not too strong or that it only occurs once or twice throughout the show.
Strong Language -- means some of the more heavy duty curse words are used.
Nudity -- means a man or woman's backside, a man's lower front or a woman's front are revealed.
Scantily clad -- means actors' private areas are technically covered, but I can see a lot of them.
Sexual Language -- means the dialogue contains sexually explicit language but there's no action.
Sexual Activity -- means a man and woman are performing sexual acts.
Adultery -- Means a married man or woman is involved sexually with someone besides their spouse. If this is depicted with sexual acts on stage, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.
Sex Outside of Marriage -- means a man and woman are involved sexually without being married. If this is depicted sexually on stage, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.
Homosexuality -- means this is in the show, but not physically depicted.
Homosexual activity -- means two persons of the same sex are embracing/kissing. If they do more than that, the list would include "sexual activity" as well.
Cross Dresser -- Means someone is dressing as the opposite sex. If they do more than that on stage the listing would include the corresponding "sexual activity" and/or "homosexual activity" as well.
Cross Gender -- A man is playing a female part or a woman is playing a man's part.
Suggestive Dancing -- means dancing contains sexually suggestive moves.
Derogatory (category added Fall 2012) Language or circumstances where women are referred to or treated in a negative and demeaning manner.
Other content matters such as torture, suicide or rape will be noted, with details revealed only as necessary in the review itself.
The term "throughout" added to any of the above means it happens many times throughout the show.
I receive free seats to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows made available to all voting members of the Outer Critics Circle and The Drama Desk, the two professional critics organizations with journalists covering NY theater. Journalistically, I provide an unbiased review and am under no obligation to make positive statements. Sometimes shows do not make tickets available to reviewers. If these are shows my readers want to know about (I review all Broadway shows and pertinent Off-Broadway shows), I will purchase a ticket. If a personal friend is involved in a production, I'll let you know, but it won't influence a review. If I feel there is a conflict, I won't review their portion of the production.