Project Description

Los Angeles Times Recommended!
An issue play with a poetic soul … Director Kevin Cochran and his actors make everything seem a consequence of one family’s need to shatter a stifling silence. Macfie makes Marie even-tempered and open-hearted, even as grief presses down with an almost literal weight. It’s a nicely modulated performance, but the truly irresistible force on this stage is Place’s playful, resilient Nana. She helps to lighten the somberness as McLindon pushes ahead with a topic that has become part of the national conversation.” -Los Angeles Times

“McLindon’s play is full of effective scenes….Director Kevin Cochran provides sensitive direction to his four fine actors. Macfie brings quiet authority and a sense of unvarnished, everyday reality to Marie, while Place’s wry, eccentric disenchantment provides welcome comedy. Hoffman’s Bishop is a familiar waffler and Dionne lends considerable charm to Father Terrence….Leonard Ogden provides the handsome unit set.” -Backstage West

A first-rate production expertly directed by Kevin Cochran…The company of four is perfectly cast to make this a memorable drama…well-designed by Leonard Ogden with an assist of excellent lighting by David L. Darwin.” -The Tolucan Times

“Grove Theater Center’s presentation of the show is solid with Kevin Cochran’s direction smooth and the talented cast members doing their best….Dionne is quite good as the complicated Terrence…Place steals the show with a vivacious and hilarious perf -Variety

“As the irascible grandma, Place keeps us hooked. Hoffman is also excellent as the duplicitous ecclesiast. -LA Weekly

presented by

Grove Theater Center

Kevin Cochran, Artistic Director

Charles Johanson, Executive Director

A Presentation of the GTC New Play Initiative


by James McLindon

directed by Kevin Cochran

Set & Costumes — Leonard Ogden

Lights — David Darwin

Sound — Hunter Stephenson


Nana – Patricia Place*

Marie – Jane Macfie*

Terry – Rob Dionne

Buckley – Jerry Hoffman*

*member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

The Director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the union of professional stage directors in the United States.