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April 12: California Suite by Neil Simon

After a crazy year in politics, it’s time to have some comic relief. So join some of Theater World’s best as they present Neil Simon’s hit play California Suite. Originally produced on Broadway in 1976, it was adapted for the screen in 1978. The comedy is composed of separate playlets centering on different visitors staying in the same suite at different times in the Beverly Hills Hotel. Meet the “Visitor from NY,” the “Visitor from Philadelphia,” the “Visitors from London,” and the “Visitors from Chicago” as they bring plenty of laughs and clever lines as only Neil Simon can provide.

Director: Ilene Hubbs retired as President/CEO of the Make-A-Wish foundation and has been an active Theater World actress and director. She directed several short plays, the well-received Last Night of Ballyhoo and her latest, 12 Angry Jurors, presented in the round to an enthusiastic Osher audience.

Coordinators: Jeff Earnest and Marcia Wyrtzen

W 1:00-3:00 p.m., Apr 12, Classroom 129

May 10 and 13: Something in Preserve

This is a brand new, original musical written and produced by a group of 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 story line 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 issues. Something in Preserve is about all of us, and we are easily recognizable in it.

The show will be presented in workshop format, a table read of the dialogue with songs presented as closely as possible to their final form. Something in Preserve will have its World Premier at Osher, so come and see what some of your colleagues are up to.

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

Director: Ilene Hubbs

Coordinators: Jeff Earnest and Marcia Wyrtzen

W 1:00-3:00 p.m., May 10; Sa 1:00-3:00 p.m., May 13, Classroom 129

June 7: The Gate of Heaven by Lane Nishikawa and Victor Talmadge

The play tells the story of an unusual friendship between men of divergent backgrounds. In many ways the play is a documentary, inspired by the lives of the authors’ fathers. Set in April 1945, the play opens to reveal a soldier, Sam Yamamoto, a Japanese American Nisei (second generation) from Hawaii, carrying a survivor of the Dachau Concentration Camp, Leon Ehrlich, a Polish-Jewish American. While Sam and Leon have their disagreements, the bond that develops between them forms the heart of the narrative. The Gate of Heaven was first produced at the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, in 1996.

Director: Mai Lon Gittelsohn. After a 23-year career as an elementary-school teacher, Gittelsohn decided to study acting. She has acted in Yesterday’s Window for the Sullivan Players, has appeared as Mother at San Diego State, and has produced and been featured in videos for community television. A voice student at Villa Musica, she has sung in three Cabaret productions.

Coordinators: Jeff Earnest and Marcia Wyrtzen

W 1:00-3:00 p.m., Jun 7, Classroom 129

Course Number: OSHR-70071   Credit: 0 units

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Dates Class Type Section ID Fee
04/12/2017 - 05/13/2017 In-class 123386 $0.00  

Day and Time: Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla