|TO GILLIAN ON HER 37th BIRTHDAY|
This play deals with letting going of the past so that you can handle the present, and provides a hope-filled glimpse into the strength and support of a family moving forward after tragedy. Although it is based on loss, the play has many comedic moments as the family tries to find their way again. Laughter is the other side of pain, and this play has plenty of both.
David, played by Craig Culp, a 37-year-old widower, hasnít yet gotten over his wife Gillianís untimely death in a fall from the mast of a sailboat. That was two years ago, and he seems to have spent those years lost in a fog of regret, guilt and reminiscence at their beach house off the coast of New England. David hangs on to the memory of his wife and is visited by her on his late night walks and talks with her. She reminds him that sheís ďvery, very, very dead.Ē
The problem is that he doesnít even seem to notice that 16-year-old daughter Rachel, played by Elizabeth Umphenour needs him now more than ever. Her best friend Cindy, played by Lexi Sidders seeks Davidís attention, as well, and misplaces her need for love upon a man who has no interest in her. Rachel and her Aunt Esther, played by Christine Miller, urge David to accept the death of Gillian and to move on with his life, but to no avail. Esther and her husband Paul, played by Mark Klassen bring along a former student of Davidís, the lovely Kevin, played by Whitney Adams to help him out of his depressive state.
According to Director Brent Keast, "The story is fresh and unpredictable. I love the comedy and warmth in this show. The play is powerful and questions the strength of human connection, capturing the emotional tribulations of a family coping with the death of a family member while yearning for life".