A PREGNANT PAUSE Premieres Tonight at American Theater of Actors
A PREGNANT PAUSE, directed by Laurie Rae Waugh, is a play about choices. We make choices every day - tiny insignificant or grand sweeping - that decide our future... and the future of those around us.
"Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world." The tribulation of the working class stand center stage in another play by Meny Beriro.
Fred left his wife because he felt he wasn't worthy of her. This choice created an eternity of regret... until he returned to his old apartment, now occupied by Bob and Susan. Susan's pregnancy is creating a choice ... between life and death. Susan wants to keep her baby; Bob's own fear of inadequacy fosters a very different decision.Was Fred's choice to visit his old home he shared with his wife an accident... or a chance at redemption? And maybe Susan can give him some needed clarity and even some peace.
A PREGNANT PAUSE runs April 13-15 & 20-23 at 8:00 pm (matinees: April 16 & 24 at 3:00 p.m.) at the American Theatre of Actors, 314 W. 54th Street, NYC.
Gritty New York style plays are a specialty of director Laurie Rae Waugh, who has been honored many times with awards including the Jean Dalrymple for her work on The Spanish Harlem Story (here pictured with Danny Aiello at the recent ATA Awards). Laurie's entrance in the arts was quite auspicious: she served as stage manager for the Broadway Cares July 4, 1987 performance benefiting STAMP OUT AIDS dedicated to Michael Bennett.
Meny Beriro has utilized his wide array of experiences to create various plays produced Off Broadway and in regional theaters. The struggle of working-class people is a recurrent theme in his plays, such as Grosso Is In Jail (Samuel French Short Play Festival) and Climbing the Unisphere (Queens Theatre in the Park). He is the recipient of the Jean Dalrymple and Gilbert Ancowitz Playwrighting awards (American Theatre of Actors) for PigeonHole and Settle Down.
Pictured: Laurie and Danny Aiello at the 2015 ATA Awards