by Tina Howe
explores the family dynamics of the Church's: Fanny Sedgwick Church, a Bostonian from a fine old family, in her 60's; Gardner Church, her husband, an eminent New England poet from a finer family, in his 70's; Margaret Church (Mags), their daughter, a painter, in her early 30's. Mags has come to help her parents "downsize" from the Beacon Hill area of Boston to a beach home on Cape Cod and also to paint their portrait, unaware that her father has been slipping into senility. The play reveals painful and happy memories, present frustrations, love and humor.
In this staged reading version Tim Palkovic and his wife Laura play Gardner and Fanny, and Anne Marie Holzhauer plays their daughter Mags.
Performance dates are July 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 pm and July 15, 22 at 5:00 pm at the Masonic Lodge (next to the ferry dock) in Essex, NY.
A 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist, Painting Churches is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. and is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts. Corporate sponsorship is provided by the Galley Restaurant/Westport Marina. Thank you.