Written by Suzan Zeder, “Do Not Go Gentle” takes a look at relationships through the eyes of three generations. Though grandma Lillian’s character is deceased, she is present on stage – visible to the audience but not to the rest of the cast. And as her family gathers in her home to plan her estate sale, they not only learn things about Lillian they never knew, but get better acquainted with themselves and each other as well.
The story takes place in January 1991, at the onset of Operation Desert Storm. Lillian’s son, Windsor (Darrell Klute), who has been estranged from his mother since choosing a military career against her wishes, comes from overseas to settle Lillian’s affairs. He brings with him his daughter, Kelly (Madison Herner), who shared a special bond with her grandmother.
They are joined by Windsor’s cousin Joanna (Mckenzie Forrest) and the estate sale organizer (Patricia Gulnac). Together with Lillian (Sandy Mulryan), they tell the story of her life, as they know it. In the process, they unravel the mystery behind the wild murals covering Lillian’s walls, floors and windows – with a little help from a mysterious young neighbor boy called Nobody (Brandon Herbert).
“Do Not Go Gentle” has its serious side, but it also offers plenty of smiles as its cast comes to understand and appreciate each other.”When people hear it is a play about a dead woman, they may assume it will be depressing, but it is actually a very uplifting story, it is a beautiful play which has as many, or more, elements of comedy as it does drama.”
Tickets for “Do Not Go Gentle” at the Washington Street Theatre December 7, 8 & 9 at 7:30 PM and December 10 at 2:30 PM are available at the door or on our web site athttp://www.oleanworkshop.org/tickets.html.