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Sometimes divorce is the only way to communicate after 60 years of marriage...

September 26 - October 9, 2011
The Seeing Place @ ATA's Sargent Theater

 

World Premiere, Directed by
Reesa Graham

with Mary Anisi*, Amanda Baker*,
Kathleen Brower*, Michael Stephen Clay,
Debbie Friedlander*, Ned Baker Lynch, Rhonda Musak*, and David Sedgwick*

*Member AEA

 

The Seeing Place Theater, known for its intensely intimate ensemble work, embarks on a World Premiere of rare proportions - an elderly love story of immigrants finding the true meaning of the American Dream.

Married life hasn't been the best for the Turners since they left Scotland in 1951. On the eve of their 60th anniversary, Addie deserts their Brooklyn home while William is running errands. After their wayward son moves her into the living room of their alcoholic daughter's apartment, she drains the joint bank account, hires the best lawyer she can find, and pays him to be her shrink. She even serves divorce papers on Thanksgiving...for effect. The kids do their best to negotiate hunger strikes, restraining orders, and the rapidly diminishing family fortune - while William does everything he can to sabotage the court proceedings and save his marriage. Scotch Kiss is a black-comedic romance about a family learning, for the first time, how to appreciate one another.

Scotch Kiss was inspired by true events and developed through improvisation by The Seeing Place Ensemble.

 

Click here to download our press kit. (.zip)

(photos by Tasha Straley. Click image for production photos)

REVIEWS FOR "SCOTCH KISS"

"The emotional conflict grabs the heart. The show's poignancy has almost everything to do with Michael Stephen Clay's performance as William Turner, the Brooklyn-based Scottish patriarch whose wife of 60 years, Addie, deserts him while he's out running errands... the play is notably well-structured for a work developed through improvisation...The story is touching and has theatrical potential." Suzy Evans - Backstage

 

"There is a lot of truth in this play. At the very least, we see how an unhealthy marriage leads to similar problems in the children and grandchildren, and may even scare away a fiancée. We see what it means to be an American: that even after coming over from Europe and spending 60 years with someone, you get a chance to question the way you’ve always been living your life. I found myself making comparisons with the play The Retreat From Moscow, which tackles a similar story with none of the comedy. Scotch Kiss has a lot of humor in the decidedly Brooklyn speech patterns and aggression of Dan and Cora. Co-directors Reesa Graham and Brandon Walker have brought out the best and the worst of characters who, like many New Yorkers, know each other too well yet don’t know each other at all..." Ed Malin - NYTheatre.com

 

"Scotch Kiss packs a heavy load of emotional intensity as the members of the Turner family wrestle each other's morals and worry about money. Stubbornness prevails and the process of Addie and William’s divorce, the main thread of the plot, is messy and disheartening; we realize that the divorce will likely leave everyone involved rather dissatisfied, rather than bring about a sense of freedom or freshness...Scotch Kiss may very well get better throughout the run and, as is, it has enough emotional leverage to tug away at many people’s heart strings. If nothing else, you’ll be supporting a theater company with “for-the-people” principals. You’ll be supporting a theater company that deserves it." Weston Clay - Theater is Easy

 

 


 

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