Geva's Fielding Studio Series Continues with ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S END

Geva's Fielding Studio Series Continues with ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT'S ENDGeva Theatre Center's 2017-2018 Fielding Studio Series continues with Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End by Allison Engel and Margaret Engel. This production stars Pam Sherman and is directed by Mark Cuddy. The production begins performances on January 25 and runs in the Fielding Stage through February 18.

Erma Bombeck, one of our country's most beloved humorists, captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, "If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?" Starring nationally-syndicated columnist "Suburban Outlaw" Pam Sherman, this is the story behind America's favorite average housewife who championed the lives of women with an incomparable wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all - the truth.

Due to public demand (many performances are already sold out), Geva announces that the run has been extended through February 18.

Written by journalist sisters Allison and Margaret Engel, Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End premiered at Arena Stage in Washington, DC in 2015. It has since been performed at theatres nationwide. Allison Engel has been a reporter for the Des Moines Tribune, San Jose Mercury and Pacific News Service. In addition to At Wit's End, She and her twin Margaret wrote the play Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, which premiered in 2010 at the Philadelphia Theatre Company in a production starring Kathleen Turner. Margaret Engel was a reporter for the Washington Post, Des Moines Register and Lorain Journal. She and her twin co-wrote Food Finds: America's Best Local Foods and the People Who Produce Them and helped turn the book into a show for the Food Network, where it ran for seven years.

Pam Sherman stars as Erma Bombeck in this one-woman tour-de-force. She is a nationally-syndicated columnist, actor, recovering lawyer and leadership consultant who was profiled in People Magazine about her career transition from attorney to actor. Pam began her career as an attorney in Washington, D.C. practicing securities and employment litigation. Upon becoming an actor she appeared in numerous productions in D.C. at Horizons Theatre, Theatre J, and Arena Stage among others. Most notably Pam performed in To Kill a Mockingbird at Ford's Theatre and as Mrs. Shubert in the long-running show, Shear Madness, at the Kennedy Center. Her film and television appearances include "Homicide" and "Unsolved Mysteries" and her favorite, the "Shocked Mom" in The Replacements - a part she now plays in real life. Her own one-woman show, Pumping Josey: Life and Death in Suburbia, co-written with award-winning playwright Caleen Sinette Jennings, premiered at Horizons Theatre and played to great acclaim to audiences around the country. Today Sherman conducts programs and coaches leaders all over the world in leadership communications and how to present themselves and their stories with passion through her company, The ShermanEDGE. She has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, law firms, advertising agencies, and is a highly-rated global resource for a variety of leadership groups. Her nationally-syndicated column, The Suburban Outlaw, can be read in Gannett publications, including the Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester Magazine and USA Today. Her best-selling book, The Suburban Outlaw: Tales from the EDGE is sold on Amazon.

Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End is directed by Geva's Artistic Director, Mark Cuddy. The creative team includes Sam Hoderlein (Scenic Design), Casey McNamara (Costume Design), Derek Madonia (Lighting Design), Dan Roach (Sound Design) and Jenni Werner (Dramaturg).

Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End begins performances on January 25 and runs in the Fielding Stage through February 11.

The Fielding Studio Series is supported in part by the Gouvernet Arts Fund at The Community Foundation. Media Sponsor for the Fielding Studio Series is Mix 100.5 FM. Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End is supported in part by Associate Producers The College at Brockport and the Democrat & Chronicle.

Photo: Pam Sherman by Brandon Vick.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

PREVIEWS: Thursday, January 25 @ 7pm SOLD OUT

Friday, January 26 @ 7pm SOLD OUT

Saturday, January 27 @ 2:30pm (Open captioned performance) SOLD OUT

OPENING: Saturday, January 27 @ 7:30pm

PERFORMANCES: Sunday, January 28 @ 3pm SOLD OUT and 7:30pm SOLD OUT

Tuesday, January 30 @ 7pm SOLD OUT

Wednesday, January 31 @ 7pm SOLD OUT

Thursday, February 1 @ 7pm SOLD OUT

Friday, February 2 @ 7pm SOLD OUT

Saturday, February 3 @ 2:30pm SOLD OUT and 7:30pm SOLD OUT

Sunday, February 4 @ 3pm SOLD OUT

Tuesday, February 6 @ 7pm

Wednesday, February 7 @ 7pm SOLD OUT

Thursday, February 8 @ 7pm

Friday, February 9 @ 7pm

Saturday, February 10 @ 2:30pm SOLD OUT and 7:30pm

Sunday, February 11 @ 3pm and 7:30pm

Added Performances:

Tuesday, February 13 @ 7pm

Wednesday, February 14 @ 7pm

Thursday, February 15 @ 7pm

Friday, February 16 @ 7pm

Saturday, February 17 @ 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, February 18 @ 3pm

TICKET PRICES: Tickets start at $44.

RESERVATIONS: (585) 232-GEVA (4382), Website: www.gevatheatre.org

LOCATION: Fielding Stage, Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY 14607


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