Redtwist’s World Premiere of Tommy Lee Johnson’s GEEZERS Runs July 23 – Aug 24
What roles do we play throughout our lives? These folks step into the spotlight to share their wisdom and tell their stories. There aren’t many plays with an older person as the hero. Geezers changes all that: there’s a whole team.
Company member and resident playwright, Tommy Lee Johnston, who penned the Jeff Nominated and newly published play, Aura, introduces us to some beautiful and wonderful old people who are enjoying their golden years in a retirement home. Young Jack (Aaron Kirby), a pathologically shy, 30-year old man, begins a job there helping the seniors with their daily needs. But it’s the geezers who wind up helping Jack with his needs. On his road to an epiphany, Jack learns from the old folks that he must break out of his comfort zone to achieve anything in life. Jack learns to crawl-then walk, then fly–with a wise group of mentors guiding him along. Company member, Jan Ellen Graves directs this unique, funny, heartwarming drama about growth and wisdom, learning and loving, life and death.
Opens: Sat, July 26, 3pm. (Note: no evening performance on Sat, July 26)
Runs: Thu, Fri, Sat, 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm
Closes: Sun, August 24
Running Time: Approx 2 hrs, includes one intermission
Previews: $15; Wed, Thu, Fri, July 23, 24, 25, at 7:30pm
Regular Run Tickets: Thu $30; Fri, Sat, Sun, $35 (seniors & students $5 off)
Michael Bartz (Young Ray), Bruce Cronander (Ray), Julie Dahlinger (Young Kate), Caleb Fortune (Young Neil), Jacqueline Grandt (Gina), Aaron Kirby (Jack), Brian Parry (Neil), Debra Rodkin (Jenny), Kathleen Ruhl (Emily), Donna Steele (Kate)
Jan Ellen Graves (Director), Elyse Dolan (Assistant Director), Allison Queen (Stage Manager), Eric Luchen (Scenic Designer), David Federman (Lighting Designer), Morgan Lake (Sound Designer), Sarah Jo White (Costume Designer), Robert Eric Shoemaker (Props Designer), Kevin McDonald (Dramaturg), Kathryn Haynes (Assistant Stage Manager), Eric Vigo (Lighting Consultant), Jan Ellen Graves (Graphics & Marketing), Jessie Chappe (Casting Director), Charles Bonilla (Box Office Manager), E. Malcolm Martinez (Box Office Associate), Johnny Garcia (Box Office Associate & Associate Producer), Michael Colucci & Jan Ellen Graves (Producers)
Redtwist is located at 1044 W Bryn Mawr, 2 blks W of LSD, 2 blks E of the Red Line El station. Street parking (paybox/meters until 10pm, Free on Sundays) is available on Bryn Mawr, side streets, and Broadway. Valet parking often available at Francesca’s–dining not required. Please reserve 48 hours in advance. Credit cards accepted by phone and online to guarantee seating.