Playhouse Creatures Theatre Presents a Workshop Reading of Leslie Kimbell's FOUR OLD BROADS

By: Oct. 17, 2017
Enter Your Email to Unlock This Article

Plus, get the best of BroadwayWorld delivered to your inbox, and unlimited access to our editorial content across the globe.

Existing user? Just click login.

Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company will present the New York workshop reading of Leslie Kimbell's Four Old Broads October 28th at 3pm. The performance will take place at the Cherry Lane Studio Theatre located at 38 Commerce Streetin the West Village. The reading is free and open to the public. Reservations can be made by emailing

The reading will be directed by Kenny Wade Marshall (PCTC's Love Song, Robin Rice's Everyday Edna Mae). The stage manager is Derek Bado.

Four Old Broads had its regional premiere earlier this season at Centre Stage Greenville in South Carolina. The show won Centre Stage's New Works Festival as well as Theatre Victoria New Works Festival in Texas.

Leslie Kimbell has been overwhelmed by the show's success and is excited to share it with a New York audience. "This cast is brilliant and I am so honored to have them involved in this process. When I wrote this play about four sassy seniors, I never dreamed it would make it's way to New York." Director Kenny Wade Marshall adds "There aren't really any shows written exclusively for actors over the age of 65. Ageism in this business has always been prevalent. There is a misconception that if you are an actor of a certain age, its time to retire and throw in the towel. This show proves that if anything, age only makes a performer better at their craft. I'm certain audiences will fall in love with these characters."

Joseph Rodriguez, PCTC's Artistic Director, states, "Playhouse Creatures is excited to bring Leslie's work to a NYC audience. It's a fun-filled romp; and it's about time women (especially older women) are the subject (and focus) of a play. PCTC is honored to add Leslie Kimbell's voice to our Fall 2017 Women Writers' Series."

Retired Burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton (Rebecca Hoodwin, Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof) desperately needs a vacation. A seniors cruise through the Caribbean may be just the ticket if she can just convince her best friend Eaddy Mae Clayton (Suzan Perry, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) to stop praying and go with her. Unfortunately, things have not been very pleasant at Magnolia Place Assisted Living since Nurse Pat Jones (Jenn Susi, National Tour of RENT) began working there. Newest resident Imogene Fletcher (Marilyn O'Connell, Ragtime at Ellis Island) is suddenly losing her memory. Maude Jenkins (Obie Nominee Carol Lambert) is obsessed with her favorite soap opera and planning her own funeral. Sam Smith (Jon Freda, Foreclosure at Playwrights Horizons), a retired Elvis impersonator, keeps trying to bed every woman in the building. A mystery unfolds with laughter as the gals try to outsmart evil nurse Pat Jones and figure out why so many residents have been moved to "the dark side", what exactly IS that mysterious pill and what happened to Doctor Head? Hilarity ensues as Imogene goes undercover and Maude enters the Miss Magnolia Senior Citizen pageant to throw Pat off their trail. If they can solve the mystery, they may make it to the cruise ship after all.

Additional cast members of Four Old Broads include Lorinne Lampert (Injunction Granted, Metropolitan Playhouse) as Ruby Sue Bennett. Amy Lee Pearsall (2013 Inductee into the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame) guides the audience through Magnolia Place Assisted Living on this comedic romp.

Playhouse Creatures is an Off-Broadway Equity theatre company. Their Fall Women's Writers Series continues with works from Inez Hedges, Tegan McLeod, Maren Lavelle, and Betty Shamieh. More info can be found at

Vote Sponsor