Oregon Stage Works&
production of Susan Sandler&
a warm and humorous look at modern love and the tug of old-world ways. &
opens Thursday at 8 p.m., at Oregon Stage Works, in the A Street Market Place.
When the play begins, Isabelle Grossman thinks her life is just fine. She has her own apartment on New York&
s Upper West Side, a job she relishes in a bookstore and a thrilling crush on a local author. Every Sunday she crosses Delancey Street to see her Bubbie (grandmother) on the Lower East Side. But the old world she drops in and out of isn&
t ready to loosen its grip. Worried that Izzie&
s still single &
and, worse, that Izzie doesn&
t find this alarming &
Bubbie hires a matchmaker to move things along. The result is Sam: a warm-hearted man with a poet&
s soul and a pickle stand. Now, with Bubbie to guide him &
If you want to catch the wild monkey, you got to climb the tree&
Sam has to open Izzie&
s eyes to something she&
s not sure she&
s been missing.
s Producing Artistic Director, Peter Alzado, notes that &
makes a good successor to the company&
s last show, &
is a story of love and choice too,&
he says. &
It examines how individuals choose to join or pull away from their community. Miller&
s play looks at the dark side of these issues; Sandler&
s play looks at the light side. It&
s what we try to do at OSW: show human experience from all angles.&
adds Alzado, &
t done a romantic comedy in a while. It was time. And it&
s spring. What better moment to open ourselves to the joys and confusions of love?&
was made into a movie starring Amy Irving and Peter Reigert in 1988. &
People still say that movie is one of their absolute favorites,&
says Alzado. He adds, &
ll enjoy seeing how funny and moving the story is in the intimacy of the theater.&
Alzado, who directs the show, holds an MFA in directing from the University of Montana. His most recently directed OSW&
s production of &
which he directed at the former Actors&
Theatre, in Talent, was nominated as the best new play produced outside New York City by the American Critics Association.
The cast features a number of OSW veterans. Shanna Hill returns to OSW for the third time, having played in both &
Adrienne Shelley, who performed with South Coast Repertory, Stop-Gap and First Stage in Southern California, was seen most recently in &
Also returning after appearing in &
are Darren Smith, formerly with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Jamison Challeen. Geri Esposito, last seen in Southern Oregon University&
s production of &
The Vagina Monologues,&
makes her OSW debut.
s assistant director is Wendy Spurgeon; the stage manager is Lisa Marie Wingbermuehle. Greg Coleman is in charge of lighting design, Tracie Ashby of set design and Scott Hall and Brian Wallace of set construction. Gloria L. Hafner-Allee designed the costumes for the show, and Linda Sanchez is the sound technician.
As part of its wish to underscore theater&
s connection to issues vital to the Rogue Valley community, OSW has donated the entire house on Friday to Headwaters, which works to protect and restore ecosystems in the Klamath-Siskiyou region.
The theater will also offer a special Senior Night on Thursday, March 30. Tickets will be available for $12 to all seniors 65 and over.
will run at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through April 23. Tickets are $17 ($10 for students) at Grocery Outlet in Medford and the Music Coop in Ashland. For more information and reservations, call 482-2334.