Someday Productions' WAITING FOR THE SUN Set for Venus/Adonis Theater Festival 2016
Someday Productions LLC's award-winning playwrights, owner and president Stephanie C. Lyons-Keeley along with her husband Wayne J. Keeley, have had their original, full-length play, Waiting For The Sun, accepted into the Venus/Adonis Theater Festival 2016. Theirs will compete against 48 other works in what is touted as the second largest festival of its kind in the country.
Waiting For The Sun is the moving story about a college student named Justin who is afflicted with Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD), a terminal and progressive, muscle-wasting disease. His flaky roommate, Zack, treats him to a special birthday present: a night with an exotic dancer named Tiffany who has, of all things, a wheelchair phobia.
Justin is a bright music-major who is confined to a motorized wheelchair and requires help with daily tasks. He and Zack could not be more dissimilar, however they have a special bond. Appearing to have forgotten Justin's birthday, Zack arranges for Justin to meet Tiffany, who arrives under false pretenses; then the fireworks begin. Under the unlikeliest of circumstances, Justin and Tiffany discover that they share much more than they might ever have imagined.
The inspiration for Waiting For The Sun was borne out of a chance encounter many years ago between Wayne and a college student afflicted with BMD who often rode the same train to NYC. As their friendship grew, the young man would regale Wayne with his exploits; it was both interesting and intriguing to Wayne (if not startling at times!), whose oldest son has a related form of muscular dystrophy known as Duchenne. Wayne often would wonder what the world might have in store for his son as he came of age.
It is Stephanie and Wayne's hope that Waiting For The Sun will help to strip away societal perceptions of disabled individuals.
Stephanie and Wayne have cast New York City actors in the lead roles: Logan Roberts as Justin; Emma Jean Delia as Tiffany; and Michael Evan Werner as Zack, who also will double as a student. Alistair Ward will play the supporting role of Justin's personal aide as well as serve as a production assistant. The duo has worked with the four talented actors in several of their prior productions including Commuters (a finalist at Manhattan Repertory Theatre's [MRT] Summer One-act Play Competition), Heaven Sent (winner of MRT's Fall One-act Play Competition), and Life As She Knows It (featured in MRT's 10th Anniversary Celebration). Stephanie and Wayne also are Playwrights-in-Residence at MRT.
Waiting For The Sun will be featured in three performances during the ten week-long Venus/Adonis Festival at the Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 West 26th Street in Manhattan: January 18, 2016 at 6:15 p.m.; January 22, 2016 at 9 p.m.; and the final performance, January 24, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. The play will be judged against its competition by a panel of respected theatre professionals. Prizes for best play, best actor and actress, best director, best original play, and best musical will be awarded at the conclusion of the festival. Venus/Adonis, which kicked off January 4, allows aspiring artists to showcase their work while at the same time, providing valuable feedback from professionals in the industry.
For information and for tickets to Waiting For The Sun, visit http://venusnytheaterfestival.com/waiting-for-the-sun/ and http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2461311 or find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/739303956207115/. For more information about Someday Productions, visit www.somedayprods.com. Stephanie and Wayne also blog about this and other projects, as well as do entertainment reviews and conduct celebrity/artist interviews on their sister page, Pillow Talking, at www.somedayprods.com/talking.