Weathervane Playhouse’s 79th season continues with The Waverly Gallery – a heart-rending, poignant and often humorous comic drama that examines the effect of senility on a family. The production is presented in Weathervane’s intimate John L. Dietz Theater between Oct. 31 and Nov. 16, 2013. The production is directed by the Tony Award-winning actor and director Michael Rupert and is underwritten by Margaret J. Dietz.
Written by Kenneth Lonergan, The Waverly Gallery takes place in New York between the years 1989 to 1991. The play’s central character is Gladys Green, an “eighty-something” former lawyer and Greenwich Village activist who runs an art gallery in a small hotel.
The hotel’s management would prefer to replace her less-than-thriving gallery with a potentially more lucrative coffee shop – but the fiesty Gladys isn’t someone who backs down easily.
Always slightly cranky but now increasingly unpredictable due to her descent into Alzheimer’s disease, Gladys becomes a cause of concern to her daughter and son-in-law – and in particular to her grandson, from whose point of view this touching “memory play” unfolds. As Gladys fights to retain her independence, her decline impacts her family in profound ways.
Simultaneously heart-breaking and humorous, The Waverly Gallery shows how a family can confront a crisis with both humor and strength.
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