Category Archives: Drama

Greetings!

Andy Gorski, a New York transplant, ventures home at Christmas to visit his devout Catholic parents, and introduce Randi, his Jewish-atheist fiancée.

From left:  Mig Windows, David Mannix, Peter Wycliffe, Diane Nichols, and Levi Anderson Photo courtesy of Graham Lewis

From left: Mig Windows, David Mannix, Peter Wycliffe,
Diane Nichols, and Levi Anderson
Photo courtesy of Graham Lewis

Andy’s developmentally-disabled brother, Mickey, lives at home with Phil and Emily Gorski. Although Mickey can barely utter “Greetings,” he is the beating heart of the play, around which the other characters gather for warmth and inspiration.

“We can learn profound lessons from the innocence and joy that people with intellectual disabilities bring into our lives.” says Evalyn Hansen, the Associate Director of ACT and director of “Greetings.”

Tom Dudzick, the playwright, explores how our orthodox religious beliefs divide us when the true purpose of spiritual wonder is to unite people, along the lines of the Golden Rule. Dudzick teaches us that faith is an elastic concept, and through the explosive appearance of a mystical entity, the Gorskis learn the lesson too.

Peter Wickliffe plays Mickey Gorski, the developmentally-disabled son; Wickliffe is a local playwright, filmmaker, and actor who has acted with ACT, Camelot Theatre, and the Randall Theatre. David Mannix plays Stan Gorski, the father.

From left:  Peter Wycliffe and Levi Anderson, Photo courtesy of Graham Lewis

From left: Peter Wycliffe and Levi Anderson,
Photo courtesy of Graham Lewis

Mannix previously played Arthur in ACT’s “End Days”. Mig Windows plays Randi Stein, the atheist-actress. Mig has acted in many local films, including “Redwood Highway,” and “M is for Madness,” and has performed with Levity Improv and Gumshoe Gourmet, LLC. Levi Anderson, who plays Andy, is a local filmmaker and actor who runs Sidfilmz.com. Diane Nichols, a local playwright who recently had her play “Tomatoes,” produced at Barnstormers Theater, plays Emily, Andy and Mickey’s mother.

All in the Timing

Ashland Contemporary Theatre leaps into fall with “All in the Timing,” three sparkling and savvy comedies by David Ives.

“Words, Words, Words” ponders the pseudo-science truism:  that monkeys might write Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” if given enough time.  “Mere Mortals” discovers our loftier selves on the fiftieth floor.  “The Universal Language” leads us through labyrinths of language expressing its own moniker of love.

Directed by Evalyn Hansen and featuring a stellar cast, “All in the Timing” plays for two weekends:

Words Words Words

 

Mere Mortals

 

Universal Language

 

 

Once In A Blue Moon

When Wanda, Jim’s hot but shady ex-high school sweetheart, shows up for an extended stay, hilarious mayhem ensues that rocks his stable marriage. “Wanda’s Visit”, by Christopher Durang is the main feature of “Once in a Blue Moon”, three short plays by established playwrights presented by Ashland Contemporary Theatre. All three plays range from witty to poingnant to absurdly hysterical.

Directed by Evalyn Hansen, the cast includes: Lyda Woods, Maria Ciamaichelo, Daureen Collodel, Eric Epstein, Joe Suste, Jesse Lawson, and Christopher Morton.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Paddington Station in
Ashland and Grocery Outlet in Medford or on line at http://www.ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org

Wanda's Visit