A sinking house weighted down by grief finds a solid home in Hudson Stage Company's New York premiere of 37 Postcards, a new comic play by Michael McKeever, Oct. 12-28.
Director Dan Foster, one of the founders of the nonprofit professional company in Westchester County, north of New York City, said the script was an agent's submission, which is how the growing Equity company — devoted to new works — gets all its scripts. The world premiere was in 2000 at Florida Studio Theatre.
37 Postcards takes place in present-day Darien, CT, and concerns Avery Sutton's return home after being in Europe for eight years. Upon returning with his fiancee, he discovers that not only is his family even more off-the-wall than usual (due to a tragic loss), but his beautiful house is sinking. Foster told Playbill On-Line that the set, designed by Joseph Egan, tilts to the downstage right corner in what's called a compound rake.
"It's very quirky," Foster said of the play. "Until you get to the end of the first act you think it's this piece of froth, and then the son comes to understand the weirdness."
Designers also include Andrew Gmoser (lighting) and Myra Oney (costumes). Westchester actress Helen Oney (mother of the costume designer) plays the 93-year-old grandmother, Nana. The company includes Shannon Emerick, Nancy McDoniel, Susan Pellegrino, Eric Sheffer Stevens and Dan Ziskie. Tickets are $15-$20. Performances are 8 PM Friday-Saturday and 3 PM Sunday at the 250-seat Julie Harris Theatre at the ClearView School, Route 9, Briarcliff Manor, NY. For information, call (914) 271-2811.
— By Kenneth Jones