Hopewell Theatre to perform works of local authors


Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

The Hopewell Theatre, 702 Mahoning Ave., will premiere the works of two local authors when it presents “An Evening of One Acts” for five performances over two consecutive weekends.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and also March 9 and 10; and at 2 p.m. March 11.

Anita G. Gorman’s funny and bittersweet play “Astrid, or My Swedish Mama” is based on the life of her mother, a strong, brave and funny woman who came to the United States from Sweden in 1924 in order to train to be a registered nurse. Astrid’s difficulties with the English language often led to hilarity, and her difficulty in accepting her half-brother troubled her. Gorman plays her mother and her daughter, Ingrid M. Gorman, plays Anita. My Swedish Mama is co-directed by Pat Vidis and Marlene Strollo.

Terry Shears play “Dad’s Tale” tells of the sometimes funny, often exasperating relationship between a father and son, as the son struggles to understand and relate to his father. The show switches back and forth between Alex as a young teen dealing with his father in the 1980s, and today as a man in his mid-40s and his father, who is in declining health and mental state in a nursing home. Teenage Alex is portrayed by Carter Monroe and his father is played by Carl Brockway. In the later scenes, grown-up Alex is played by Frank Martin and the father is played by Tom O’Donnell. The production is directed by Sam Luptak Jr.

Reservations can be made at Hopewelltheatre.org or by calling 330-746-5455.

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