Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup kitchen with unsentimental efficiency, but lately her heart’s not quite in it. Her brisk nature masks an unsettling fear that her efforts are meaningless. When Emma – an idealistic but confused college dropout – arrives to volunteer, her reckless mix of generosity and self-involvement pushes Shelley to the breaking point. With keen humor and startling compassion, Heidi Schreck’s play navigates the mystery of faith, the limits of forgiveness, and the pursuit of something resembling joy.
By Heidi Schreck. Directed by Kez Settle. Meet the full cast and creative team HERE.
“Heidi Schreck’s beautiful tragicomedy of life… reminds you of why you go to the theater in the first place.” – Chicago Sun Times
Performance Dates: Sept 15, 16, 22, 23*, 29, 30, and Oct 5, 6, 7 at 8pm, and Sundays Sept 17 & 24*, Oct 1 & 8 at 2pm. Sunday matinees are followed by a discussion with the artists.
*Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 all audience, staff, and volunteers will be required to be masked, allowing patrons who need an extra layer of protection the ability to attend. All other performances will be mask optional.
Written by Heidi Schrek, and directed by Kez Settle. Featuring Krista Schafer as Shelley, Allison Megroet as Emma, James Abbot as Oscar, and Henry Ballesteros as Frog. Scenic Design by Gwen Lindsay, and built by Gordon Mosley. Lighting Design by Harley Miah. Costume Design by Cheryl Zemke. Property Design by Samantha Silva. Sound Design by Kez Settle. Stage managed Rachel Marengere. Intimacy Choreography by Krista Schafer. Dialect coaching by Andrew Papa.
Individual tickets are only $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, and $15 for students. Opening Night includes an after glow and all tickets are $35.
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Thank you to Block’s for all the farm fresh vegetables we’re chopping on stage!