By Natalie Symons (Playwright-in-Residence)

World Premiere
21st Century Voices: New Play Festival – Mainstage Selection
In Buffalo NY, Miles, an aging funeral home custodian lives with his middle-aged daughter Mabel, who spends her days writing letters to prison inmates. When a court-appointed guardian threatens to take away their home, Miles sets out to set Mabel up with Todd, an inept mortician. It is a father’s fierce determination not to accept his daughter’s fate that ignites an endearing human comedy about love, loss, loneliness, and the healing power of laughter.

Run Time: Approximately 2 hours with one intermission
Age Recommendation: 12+.  

Creative Team 
Chris Crawford (Director)
Scott Cooper (Scenic Designer)
Chris Baldwin (Lighting Designer)
Catherine Cann (Costume Designer)
Rachel Harrison* (Sound Designer/Production Stage Manager)
Jerid Fox (Properties Master)

March 11 – April 5, 2020

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Sara Oliva* (Mabel Lisowski)

Allen Fitzpatrick* (Miles Lisowski)

Teri Lazzara (Shelley Williams)

 Matthew McGee* (Todd Schneider)

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association | #Member of the United Scenic Artists union

Spotlight Series: PROLOGUES

A performance primer! Join us 30 minutes before the performance and enrich your play-going experience with an engaging discussion that explores fascinating details about the play and the artists.

Free for ticket holders to the performance.

Spotlight Series: BEHIND-THE-SCENES*

March 1, 2020

Take a peek behind the curtain before the opening of each production with a presentation by Professor Emerita Dedee Aleccia. She provides insights into the history and central themes of the play, as well as a discussion with members of the creative team who provide an insider’s perspective on their process.

Pricing: $10 for General Public.
Free for American Stage Subscribers and Act 1 Club Members

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Spotlight Series: CHATBACKS

March 19, 22, & 29
Immediately following select performances, chat with the artists and other audience members while the experience of the play is fresh! Ask questions about the play, the characters, and the process, and respond to the story and ideas aroused by the production.

Free for ticket holders to the performance.