Kentwood Players - Coming Soon
The Gingerbread Lady

by Neil Simon
Directed by Drew Fitzsimmons
Produced by Jenny Boone
July 14 – August 19, 2017
Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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. Set in New York City in 1972 after Evy’s short stay in rehab, her best friend, the age-defying Toby, her daughter Polly, and Jimmy Perry, a gay actor, all try to help her adjust to sobriety with a jolly birthday party. Enter 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.

There will be a champagne and dessert reception between 7:00-7:30pm for subscribers and members attending the July 15 performance.

The Character Breakdown is:
Evy Meara
female - age 40s - A charming and vulnerable cabaret singer who is struggling with alcoholism, nymphomania, and impending obscurity.
Polly Meara
female - late teens/early 20s - Evy’s smart-mouthed daughter and redemption.
Toby Landau
female - late 30s-40s - Evy’s best friend who has a face of Estée Lauder but a heart of gold. She loves and supports Evy even though her own life is falling apart.
Jimmy Perry
male - 40’s - gay - Evy’s other best friend who is desperately trying to be a successful middle-aged actor.
Lou Tanner
male - late 20’s- mid 30’s - Evy’s abusive, enabling, musician, ex-lover. He is the bad decision every woman would make.
Manuel
male - late teens/early 20’s - the delivery boy for the local market. He is our representation of society. He is New York.
Watch the Audition page for audition details.


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