July 13 - 29
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm
Sunday at 2:00 pm
Always... Patsy Cline
by Ted Swindley; Music by Patsy Cline
presented with special permission from Ted Swindley Productions
Directed by Michael Ross
A delicious look and listen to a bygone era ....
Songs from a slower time….Always, Patsy Cline is based on a touching true story affectionately told through letters between Patsy and her biggest fan-turned-confidante, Louise Seger. Their genuine bond of friendship, which began over a cup of coffee, lasted until Cline’s untimely death in 1963. Told through downhome country humor, heartache and celebration, Always… Patsy Cline takes audiences through the ups and downs, from her breakthrough on live radio, to her rise to fame at the Grand Ole Opry. Featuring 27 unforgettable hits, including “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” and “Sweet Dreams,” this musical memory book is a glorious tribute to a one-of-a-kind sound and era.
A WEEK OF READERS THEATER
Two original works !
“A staged reading is an exciting way for our audiences to experience theater,” says Sonoma Arts Live Executive Artistic Director Jaime Love. “Theater-goers have the opportunity to be involved in the early stages of these new works, and audience feedback plays an important part in the creative process. ”
Marilyn Harris Kriegel (Harm’s Way) grew up in New Jersey and spent her adult life in California working as a schoolteacher, union organizer, editor, and psychotherapist. After being a pioneer in the Human-Potential-Movement, she earned an M.F.A in playwriting from San Francisco State University and is a member of The Dramatists Guild and League of Professional Theater Women, living and writing in San Francisco.The play presents a mystery surrounding an older woman whose memory may, or may not, be failing.
Kriegel explains the idea that sparked her work: “With heightened security at the airports, Harm's Waybegan as a paranoid exploration of what it might be like to be accidentally rounded up in the name of national security.”
Kriegel’s play is directed by Nellie Cravens and features Jeane MacPherson, George Bereschik, Jim Kent, and Shannon DeJong.
RUBY AND GEORGE IN LOVE
JoAnneh Nagler (Ruby and George in Love) has written books, plays, scripts, articles, short stories, and music. Her credits include writing for Fox Television and ABC Pictures as well as numerous culture and travel magazines. “I realized we have no models for loving throughout our lifetime--and we need them!” says Nagler. “My mother-in-law inspired me, too, when she had a relationship late in life. I also noticed how many adult children were upset by their parents’ taking lovers in their older years, and I thought, ‘Why should that be? Shouldn't we be able to love as long as we want to?’ Then the characters began speaking to me (during the day, in my sleep, all the time!), and finally I had to sit down and put them on the page.”
Nagler directs the cast, which includes Monica McKey, John Partridge, Jaime Love, Julia Holsworth, Kari Wishingrad, George Bereschik, Caitlin Strom Martin, and Rick Love.
Tickets by phone: 866-710-8942 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday – Friday
In person at the box-office one hour before each performance
Venue: Sonoma Community Center, Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall
276 E. Napa, Sonoma, CA95476 map it
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