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April 18 and 21: Something in Preserve

This is a reprise of the original musical written and produced by a group of Osher Theater World members. The story is about a group of senior citizens who live in a retirement community, appropriately called The Preserve. To relieve the boredom that results from so much of the same every day, a small group decides to write a new original musical show to be produced in the community — a show within a show. The principal characters, a widow and widower, also develop a deeper relationship as time and their work together progress. Development of their relationship is conflicted by memories and loyalties of and to the past. While the storyline seems serious enough, the show has a great deal of fun dealing with some of the more humorous aspects of aging as well as honestly confronting some of the more serious. Something in Preserve is about all of us, and we are easily recognizable in it.

The show will be presented in workshop format, and feedback will be welcome — gentle feedback, the authors do not hesitate to add. Something in Preserve had its World Premiere at Osher last May and is being replayed for the benefit of new members and for the many old members who have expressed a desire to see it again.

Written By: Jeffery Earnest, Ilene Hubbs, Reed Sullivan, Elliott Tarson, and Robert Young

Director: Ilene Hubbs

April 25: Shirley Valentine, by Willy Russell

This play, first performed in 1988, was winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

Shirley, a middle aged, put-upon mother and housewife, leaves the drudgery of her married life, packs her bags, and heads for the sun. Her note on the kitchen table reads “Gone to Greece, back in two weeks.” Shirley Valentine is a simple and brilliant comedy about the problem we had/have with the idea of a woman alone. Shirley combats these issues as she unravels her own sexual and social identity. The play is funny and poignant.

Director: Al Korobkin is a former coordinator of Theater World. He has also directed a number of plays and musicals, as well as appearing as an actor in Osher productions for many years.

May 16: Our Town, by Thornton Wilder

This American Classic was written during the Depression, when America had lost faith in itself. It opened on Broadway in 1938, winning a Pulitzer Prize for Best Play. Set in a 12-year period from 1901 to 1912, the play was a paean to hope. In a small New Hampshire village, ”ordinary" people go about their ”ordinary” lives. The play gives us, with a sense of warm nostalgia, a chance to stand back and see reflected the rhythm and arc of our own lives. But Our Town is much more than that; it is a hauntingly beautiful play about these “ordinary” people who make “the human race seem worth preserving and represent the universality of human existence.” Not a bad idea at this time in our lives, and in these times in our nation.

Director: Bev Fremont studied at The Goodman School of Theatre, Chicago, which has had several distinguished graduates. [Director’s note: She is not one of them!] Bev has also studied with Francis Gercke of the Cygnet Theatre. She has enjoyed acting in various stage

Course Number: OSHR-70071   Credit: 0 units


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