The 8th Year of the Emergency, written and directed by Maureen Towey, features a slew of Broadway veterans, with a total of six Tony nominations between them.
Phillipa Soo (Hamilton), Mary Beth Peil (The King & I, Anastasia), Linda Emond (Cabaret, Death of a Salesman, Life x 3), Jeffrey DeMunn (K2), and Emmy nominee Marsha Stephanie Blake (When They See Us) all star in the short film. Take a look above.
Adapted from Elinor Fuchs’ 2005 memoir Making an Exit, the film follows as family on a day when their Alzheimer’s-stricken mother is lucid and carefree.
The movie has been making festival rounds, making appearances at Independent Film Festival Boston, Montclair Film Festival, Lighthouse International Film Festival, Snake Alley Festival of Film, and Indie Street Film Festival.
The 8th Year of the Emergency is produced by Valerie Steinberg and executive produced by Leah Wagner and Elaine Thomas with film editing by frequent Steven Spielberg collaborator Sarah Broshar. The film also features original music by Caroline Shaw, cinematography by Charlotte Hornsby, production design by Charlotte Royer, and costume design by Sarah Maiorino.
Peil recently appeared on the New York City stage in the Encores! Off-Center presentation of Road Show.