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Olive and the Bitter Herbs

Olive and the Bitter Herbs
by Charles Busch
Directed by Kirk Larson
Produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete
July 8 – August 13, 2016

Olive and the Bitter Herbs centers on the life of Olive Fisher, an elderly character actress whose claim to fame was her iconic “Gimme the Sausage” commercials of the 1980s. She is a classic New York curmudgeon at war with the world, in particular her gay next door neighbors. Her closed-off life is shaken by the appearance of a spectral male figure viewed through her living room mirror. This appearance, along with the help of the father of the co-op’s board president and Olive's only “friend,” brings together the feuding neighbors for a comedic Passover Seder. A series of strange and outrageous coincidences reveals that the man in the mirror has intimate links to everyone in Olive’s world, encouraging her that it’s never too late to change one’s life and perhaps find love.

There will be a champagne and dessert reception between 7:00-7:30pm for subscribers and members attending the July 9 performance.

Character

CAST

Played by
Olive ············ Gail Bernardi
Wendy ············ Alison Mattiza
Robert ············ Ken MacFarlane
Trey ············ Daniel Kruger
Sylvan ············ Martin Feldman

CAST PICTURES

Olive decides to bring her feuding neighbors together for a comedic Passover Seder, but Sylvan has something else on his mind.
Olive Fisher is an elderly character actress whose claim to fame was her iconic “Gimme the Sausage” commercials of the 1980s.
Robert and Trey love smelly cheese which Olive finds totally disgusting.
Olive seems to always be at odds with her neighbor Wendy, the only person in the building who seems to care about her.
Sylvan encourages Olive to take a look in the mirror at her life.
Olive teaches Robert about the meaning of the items on a Passover Seder plate.
Olive decides to bring her feuding neighbors together for a comedic Passover Seder.
Wendy and Olive discover a lost family heirloom.
Olive is thoroughly surprised when Sylvan expresses his feelings for her.
Trey and Olive can't seem to get along about anything.
Photos by Shari Barrett

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