River City Community Players
SURVIVING LIFE by Barbara Tylla
August 7 – 16, 2020 at the Lynn Theatre, John Tyler Community College
Directed by CC Corrieri
This new play is a collection of three stories that explore the challenges of growing older while trying to keep up with a fast-paced world that threatens to leave you behind. In “Cookie Ladies,” an elderly woman tries to outsmart a hustler, while at the same time trying to convince her son that she doesn’t need to move into a nursing home. In “The Snowman,” a woman loses herself in memories of her late husband and their life together, and in “Take an Umbrella, It’s Raining,” a wife takes her husband who is suffering from Alzheimer’s to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary in the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon.
MAKING GOD LAUGH by Sean Grennan
February 28 - March 8, 2020 at Chamberlayne Actors Theatre
Directed by Ann Davis
This play follows one typical American family over the course of thirty years' worth of holidays. Starting in 1980, Ruthie and Bill's grown children -- a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football star -- all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. The empty-nester parents contend with their own changes, too, as old family rituals are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up. As time passes, the family discovers that, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations. As Woody Allen once said, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans..."