Sherry Glaser, the actress-writer who created Family Secrets , Off-Broadway's longest-running one-person show, will let the secrets out again Oct. 9 on the campus of California State University, Fullerton.
In her bravura performance, scheduled for 8 PM at Plummer Auditorium in Fullerton, CA, Glaser plays three generations of one dysfunctional Jewish American family -- from grandmother to tired papa and manic-depressive wife to spiky teens.
The show, written by Glaser and Greg Howells, opens the California State University Fullerton's 1998-99 Footlights series at the Performing Arts Center, 201 E. Chapman Ave. Tickets are $15-$20. For tickets, call (714) 278-3371.
The play's characters include Mort, the weary accountant; Bev, the manic depressive wife; Sandra, the rebellious teenage daughter; Fern, the sister who has denounced Judaism for its too-patriarchal nature; and Rose, the 80-year-old grandmother who tries to kill herself by sticking her head in an oven. Glaser was born in the Bronx, raised in Queens and Long Island and spent her adult life in California. Her New York theatrical debut was with Family Secrets , which ran a healthy 450 performances. She followed it up in 1997 with Diosa! : Oh My Goddess , a one-woman show shown as a work-in-progress at San Rafael, CA's Osher Marin Jewish Community Center. Diosa was first performed in 1995 at the Michigan Women's Festival and revolves around Miguel, a man who travels blindly through the mainstream until he's struck by a sickness that forces him to consider the significance of his life. He then delves into his many lives and realizes he worked as a waiter in each of them -- even at Christ's Last Supper. Ultimately, the Great Jewish Mother channels through his body.
Other events in the Fullerton Footlights season include the off-Broadway musical Cowgirls (Jan. 30, 1999), Idols of the King , the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's Elvis musical (March 13, 1999), and Capitol Steps (May 2). For more information on these events, call (714) 278 3371.