THE GINGERBREAD LADY
Kentwood Players at the Westchester Playhouse
Opens: July 14, 2017
Closes: August 19, 2017
Kentwood Players is presenting THE GINGERBREAD LADY, a dramedy by Neil Simon, opening Friday, July 14 through Saturday, August 19, 2017 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm at the Westchester Playhouse, located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045. The production is directed by Drew Fitzsimmons and produced by Jenny Boone and Lynn Gutstadt for Kentwood Players with rights secured from Samuel French. Featured in the cast (in alphabetical order) are Marco Garcia Ballare, Sara Bozin, Al Gomez, Ken MacFarlane, Lezlie Moore, and Genous Novin.
"Maureen Stapleton won Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actress for the role of Evy Meara, a popular cabaret singer who has hit the skids in Neil Simon's THE GINGERBREAD LADY. The play is set in New York City in 1972 after Evy's short stay in rehab. Upon her return home, her best friend, the age-defying Toby, Evy's daughter Polly, and Jimmy Perry, a gay actor, all try to help her adjust to sobriety with a jolly birthday party. First Look: Neil Simon's THE GINGERBREAD LADY Opens 7/14 at the Westchester PlayhouseEnter Lou Tanner, a former lover, who ends up giving her a black eye. The party is a wash out, the "gingerbread lady" falls off the wagon and hits the ropes once again. With Neil Simon's characteristic wit and humor, his serious story of lost misfits is genuinely and deeply touching. The play was later rewritten by Neil Simon as the film Only When I Laugh starring Marsha Mason."