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Birds In the Weather

Birds In the Weather


By David Muschell
Directed by Gene O'Hare
May 6-9, 2010

Cast

Martha Hogenboom ......... Mrs. Beasley
Kathleen Moore ............... Mrs. Chilliwick
Doug Huth ....................... Mr. Chilliwick
Sandie Kay ...................... Mrs. Stella Rumage
Ele'na Miller ..................... Mrs. Millie Lefton
Nita Porter ...................... Mrs. Margie Knowles
June Stacy ..................... Janey Turner
Frank Porter ................... John Turner





Synopsis

This winner of BLT's 2009 New Play Competition, might also be a "winner" to BLT audiences. It's like a "Who done it?" mystery populated by the "Golden Girls." Many of us seniors might also see glimpses of ourselves, as the youths among us enjoy a "Murder She Wrote" like plot. Vivian Beasley is a feisty independent senior who due to weakened bones has been temporarily relegated to a wheelchair. Living with her working daughter and son-in-law, they make the tough decision to put her in a private, "Intermediate Geriatric Care Facility." It is, in reality, the home of Mr. & Mrs. Chilliwick, who run this very private facility for a selected clientele. The plot thickens as Vivian observes that some very strange things are going on. It's not just the arbitrary rules that irritate her, it's how Mrs. Chilliwick seems to want her "guests" to do less and less for themselves. Likewise, for the Chilliwicks, Mrs. Beasley is a problem: too inquisitive, too much of a rule-breaker, and even tries to get the other ladies to start "doing things" together. What will the Chilliwicks do about her? Part mystery, part exploration of the problems of aging, "Birds in the Weather" takes the audience thru a joyful poignant ride of laughter and suspense. Don't miss it.