New Play Shades Will Debut at Cherry Lane

News   New Play Shades Will Debut at Cherry Lane
The new work is written by Harvard psychologist Dr. Paula J. Caplan.
Ashley Wren Collins
Ashley Wren Collins

The Studio at Cherry Lane Theater will present Shades, written by Harvard psychologist Dr. Paula J. Caplan, who has worked extensively with veterans. The new work sheds light on military families living with trauma.

Directed by Alex Keegan, Shades will play November 9-December 17 with an official opening night set for November 17. Half-priced tickets will be offered to all veterans and active service members.

The story revolves around four people in Springfield, USA, each connected to a veteran and the traumas of war. The cast will be made up of Ashley Wren Collins, Jaime Day O’Connor, Hal Robinson and Holly Walker.

Billed as “Eugene O’Neill meets All in the Family,” here’s how production notes describe Shades: “Val, a nurse whose husband has recently died, has come to visit her WWII veteran father, who is about to retire from work that has defined him, and her brother, who is plagued by a mysterious illness after fighting in Vietnam. While visiting, Val goes to work as a home nurse for a Black woman veteran, June, whose war experience left her paralyzed from the neck down.

The play received first prize in both the NYC and Brush Inaugural Pen Contest and LA’s LDI Productions New Plays Contest.

Tickets are $39 and available at

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