Date(s) - 04/02/2022
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Bob and Fran Price have been together for over thirty years. It should be time for them to slow down and smell the roses – until the lives of their 4 adult children come crashing through the back door… Set over the course of one year, the grown children try to redefine their lives separately from the hopes and dreams of their parents. As what is real and genuine in the Price family falls apart under scrutiny, Bob and Fran must redefine their relationships with their children and with each other. But ultimately, beating its way steadily through the work, is the low-level fears we all must live with: that we love too much, or that we don’t love enough; and that one day we will have to say goodbye. Things I Know To Be True is about love in its many forms. At times comforting and supportive. At others suffocating and destructive. But always love.
What is most exciting about this play is its unique way of storytelling. While the acting is naturalistic, it features great use of well-oiled, non-naturalistic physical movement to represent the familiarity and unconscious patterns of this nuclear family. It emphasizes their emotional connection and creatively adds another layer of understanding to what each character is going through. As they address the audience in long, personal monologues, bodies are lifted, turned, tumbled; hands caress and hold, brush past others; gestures and actions are hinted at, and furniture is pushed across the stage. This brings an elegance, a fluidity that is deceptively simple and more than a little bit magical.
THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE is directed by Jessi May Stevenson with Leslie Nichols producing. The design staff supporting the production are Gary Richardson-Lighting. Mike Carnahan-Set, Barbara Pedziwiatr-Costumes, and Gail Heck-Props.
The cast includes Sindy McKay-Swerdlove as “Fran”, Richard Kuhlman as “Bob”, James Hamilton James as “Ben” Emily Redman Hall as “Mia/Mark”, Julie Gawkowski Fergus as “Pip”, and Erin Hollander as “Rosie”.
Masks and proof of vaccination are currently required to attend this production and additional safeguards may be added during the run. Mature Themes and Strong Language.
WHAT: THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE by Andrew Bovell, directed by Jessi May Stevenson
WHERE: Santa Paula Theater Center’s Main Stage 125 So. 7th
St. Santa Paula, CA (corner of Main and 7th)
WHEN: FEB. 25-APR. 3 FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 8PM and SUNDAY MATINEES at 2:30
HOW: TICKETS: $24.00 for Adults, $22.00 for Seniors, Students, Military
[email protected] , or 805.525.4645
with masks and vaccination requirements in effect.