Midwinter blues got you down? Get your smile back when you come see The Cemetery Club at Wytheville Community College, opening March 2 in Snyder Auditorium on the WCC campus.
This comic drama, written by Ivan Menchell, tells the story of three Jewish widows coming to terms with life now that they are without partners. Menchell’s play was a hit at the Kennedy Center and on Broadway and was later turned into a film starring Ellen Burstyn, Olympia Dukakis, and Diane Ladd. Critics have called the play “touching” and “funny.”
The first widow is Lucille (played by Tina Edwards) who decides that playing the field (as often as she can) is the way to go. On the other hand, Doris (Barbara Brown) sees her path as devotion to her dead spouse until she, too, is buried beside him. Ida (Frances Moore) is caught somewhere in the middle, ready to move on with her life, but not sure which way to go. Add to the mix widower Sam (Robert Burnett), an unexpected wedding, a surprise guest (Lorna King), tea, wine, and anything can happen!
According to Director Janice Pryor, The Cemetery Club has a lot of heart.
“There is death in the play, sure, but it is so much more about life. Equally important is the friendship of these three women and how it sustains them. They may fight and trade insults, but they truly love each other.” Pryor says she chose this play because it showcases universal themes that affect us all, and “it has three great roles for women!”
As always, no show on stage would be possible without the folks backstage. Roger Dean Grubb has designed and built the set for The Cemetery Club. Stage manager for the production is Paul Beaver, Tina Edwards is the costumer, and Coyote Edwards will run lights for the show.
The Cemetery Club will be performed March 2-3 and 9-10, 2018, at 8 p.m. each evening in Snyder Auditorium. The box office opens in the lobby 30 minutes before each performance. Tickets for the show are $8 general admission, and $7 for students and Senior Citizens. This production is not recommended for children as the situations, humor, and language are geared to an adult audience.