Jane Gabbert, Emily Jon Mitchell & More to Join Dick Cavett for IN THE CAR Benefit Reading, 7/29
Full casting of the Joni Fritz's In the Car with Blossom and Len has been announced. The concert reading, featuring Dick Cavett, under the direction of Tony Award and Drama Desk Nominated director/choreographer Lynne Taylor- Corbett will be held at Guild Hall at the John Drew Theatre (158 Main Street, East Hampton, New York). Joining Mr. Cavett for the July 29th reading will be Jane Gabbert, Emily Jon Mitchell, Patricia Randell, Babs Winn and Joshua Perl.
In the Car with Blossom and Len is a poignant, funny and moving play about growing up and growing old...not necessarily in that order. Throughout their formative years, Holly and Fern's parents, Blossom and Len, were wildly unpredictable, endearingly neurotic, and often blatantly dysfunctional. Now that they are in their eighties, they are facing the biggest emotional and financial crisis of their lives. This is a story of what can happen in our own homes. With modern medicine allowing us to live longer, we may recognize ourselves, our own families or friends - whether through one of the characters, the caregiving situation -or the black cloud of fear that one day we forget where we put the keys - and tomorrow we'll forget who we are. The play's unique brand of comedy has bite, truth and lasting resonance.
Recent readings of the play, including an evening at the Dramatist Guild starring Len Cariou and Frances Sternhagen, have gotten rave reviews from theatregoers. A reading at the Homecoming Players in Ithaca, NY, sparked this from the event's director Susannah Berryman: "It is quite a lovely and thought-provoking piece, one that makes me laugh and wince at the same time. With all of us boomers coming through the chute, there is no question that it is timely. It feels like life -painful, funny, tender, warm, angry, sad, loving, conflicted, layered, frustrating, rewarding, whimsical, deep. . Just a first casual reading stimulated almost unstoppable discussion; it was clear that elements of the play popped open reservoirs that people have held for some time."
Don't miss the chance to see this emotional, funny and heart-wrenching play - while supporting the Alzheimer's Association in their effort to wipe this devastating disease off the face of the earth.