Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning comedy drama takes place on the night of July 4, 1944, as a middle-aged Jewish accountant from St. Louis and a 31-year-old Protestant spinster from Lebanon, Missouri, reunite after a year apart, in the same boathouse where sparks of some kind flew the year before. Both harbor a secret that makes them think the other will not be able to love them. The play follows the intricate maneuverings of two
lonely people as both try to break through their own defensive shells to reach the other. The theme of the play is “hope” — hope for this seemingly mismatched couple, hope for a seemingly divided country. What could be timelier? Throughout the play, their exchange is intense, complex, and utterly believable, a love story against impossible odds.
Ilene Hubbs has directed and acted in many Theater World productions and is one of the creators of an original musical, “Something in Preserve,” that was performed in 2021 at North Coast Rep and 2022 at the Jewish Community Center Theater.
Coordinator: Ilene Hubbs
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