Welcome to middle age… proceed with caution! Diane Cary, Jane Kaczmarek and Sharon Sharth star as three successful, women who challenge themselves to find love and personal fulfillment in the middle years of life. Steven Robman directs the ensemble cast, which also includes Gregory Harrison, James Lancaster and Joel Polis, in the world premiere of The Snake Can by Kathryn Graf (Hermetically Sealed).
Growing older doesn’t always mean growing wiser. Harriet (Kaczmarek) is a widow and single mother; Nina (Cary) has left her actor husband to escape the shadow of his celebrity; and twice-divorced Meg (Sharth) has been navigating the single world for ten years. These women, and the men in their lives, take a journey of self-discovery, stopping along the way to examine the gray areas of marriage and divorce, want and need, sexual ambiguity and dating in the age of online matchmaking.
“This play comes very much out of my own personal experience,” explains Graf. “I’m a widow who raised two kids, my husband was a successful film and television actor, and I know what it means to be single for a long time. I’ve often felt the way these characters do—at once free and eager, wild and surprised, unhinged and terrified.”
“I was won over by the wit and insight in Kathy’s writing,” says Robman, a veteran stage and television director who is new to L.A.’s 99-seat theater scene. “I directed the premieres of Wendy Wasserstein’s first two plays [Uncommon Women and Others and Isn't It Romantic], and now, with The Snake Can, I feel like I’m coming full circle. The landscape is very different for those of us in middle age than it was for the women in Wendy’s plays. The divorce rate is higher, people are living longer, we switch jobs and locales more easily—and then there’s the Internet.”
A guest production at the Odyssey Theatre, performances of The Snake Can take place Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 pm and Sundays @ 2 pm, January 19 through February 24. Tickets are $25 on Thursdays and Fridays and $30 on Saturdays and Sundays; full time students with ID and seniors are $20. The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025. For reservations and information, call (310) 477-2055 ext. 2 or go to www.OdysseyTheatre.com.
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