Cast Set for Alzheimer's Play A HOMECOMING Reading in NYC, 11/5
Cast members of Joe Beck's drama A Homecoming, which heartbreakingly details the emotional devastation of Alzheimer's on one already-fractured family, and which was most recently presented as a staged reading at the Lott Center for Assisted Living on October 5th, will reunite once more for another staged reading of their work at the Frederick Loewe Room at 1501 Broadway (between 43rd and 44th Streets), Suite 701, on Tuesday, November 5 from 7-9pm. Admission is free, and on a first-come, first-seated basis.
"We are delighted for the chance to present this staged reading of 'A Homecoming'", noted Beck. "The continual and growing enthusiasm for the play is a testament to how affecting its story truly is, as it uses an affliction of Alzheimer's as a catalyst for a broken family being forced together under terribly trying circumstances. Hopefully we will be able to present another full production of the show in the near future." A Homecoming had its world premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) this past August.
In A Homecoming, James, a former heavy drinker and a man whom by his own admission was not a good father to his three children, watches his beloved wife Lee, now in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's, slip further and further away. In an attempt bring his family together, Nurse Jill Callahan, who takes care of both Lee and James, suggests a final birthday party for Lee, to celebrate her life before the shadow of her condition takes her forever into a world of darkness. But the couple's children are not ready to forgive past hurts, waiting for the slightest excuse to lash out & destroy the happy illusion James & Jill are trying to create.
Among those cast members of A Homecoming who are reuniting for the performance at are Kevin Gilmartin*, Neal Lerner*, Renee Claire Bergeron*, Alicia Fitzgerald, Nicholas Masson* and Nicole Greevy*. The production team for A Homecoming included Amanda Clegg Lyon (Lighting Design), Summer Lee Jack (Costume Design), Jana (AJ) Mattioli (Set and Props), Jim Armstrong (Stage Manager) and Tika Sara Lahne (Intern). Edited by Tom Philbin, A Homecoming was directed for FringeNYC by Troy Miller, and presented by Adam Weinstock and Creative Concept Productions. Among those in attendance at this reading of A Homecoming will be representatives from the National Alzheimer's Association.
Joseph Beck (playwright): Previous plays include Saddam The Musical, Fuel, Thanksgiving, Don't Leave Tracks, Dictators for Hireand Murderous Huntington. For 25 years he's written for national and international consumer magazines and newspapers. He's the author, coauthor, collaborator and ghostwriter of nearly a dozen books, and a past member of The Dramatists Guild and The Writers Guild.
* - member of Actors' Equity