A Fragile Dance Of Elders Into The Great Beyond

   

by Johnny Simons

for Diane

Music by
Claude Debussy


Presented

June 29, 2018 - July 22, 2018
(Friday - Sunday @ 9 PM)

  
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A Poetic Peek into the Souls of Ancient Ones Traveling Towards Their Journey’s End.

Throughout the country, and indeed the world, there are nursing care facilities staffed by living angels who have dedicated their lives to caring for our elderly and infirm. These compassionate souls provide for the basic human needs of our family members who can no longer care for themselves. They try to ease the pain and guilt that naturally affect families who realize they can no longer adequately care for their loved ones.

The setting:
The sparse interior of an Alzheimer’s Health Care Facility. Stroke victims and Parkinson’s patients also reside here under the care of Dr. Wier and four nurses assigned to this unit. A tightly focused bluish light slowly rises to reveal an angelic being with pulsating wide-spread wings positioned somewhere above. This is Lyra. Her soft hands rest gently upon the shoulders of a young boy standing in front of her. Both of these ethereal beings stare out toward the audience and then downward into the darkness.

Very slowly a single white light begins to glow illuminating the frail figure of a young woman tightly curled into herself upon a simple narrow bed. Her name is Dancy Nancy…Lyra’s face glows with compassion, empathy and love. She then turns toward the entrance of other residents now beginning to filter into the ward. Four are in wheelchairs. All are dressed haphazardly, some even comically yet none are truly comical. They are feeble and pitiable. Heart-rendering.


   

Ensemble

River Barley (A Boy)
Holly Tarkon (Lyra, An Angelic Spirit)
Paul Logsdon (Dr. Wier)
Elysia Worcester (Nurse Lilly)
Laura Jones (Nurse Olive)
Jeff Stanfield (Nurse Arlo)
Brian Cook (Nurse Christian)
Shelby Griffin (Sara Harp, Daughter to Eva)
Peggy Bott Kirby (Eva - a patient)
JoAnn Gracey (Dot - a patient)
Thad Isbell (Roy - a patient)
Kristi Ramos Toler (Margo - a patient)
Debbie Dacus (Joan - a patient)
Jozy Camp (Dancy Nancy - a patient)
Paul Heyduck (Toby - a patient)

  

Production Staff

  

Director
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Lighting Designer
Wardrobe Supervisor
Light Board Op
Sound Board Op
Photographer/Videographer
Intern

Johnny Simons
JoAnn Gracey
Elise Walker
Nikki DeShea Smith
Lauren Moreau
Ryan Riley
Myrrh Crossfield
Robert Bourdage
Myrrh Crossfield
  

Theatre Staff

  

Artistic Director
Executive Director
Technical Director
Concessions Manager
Concessions Assistant
Office Manager
Grants and Outreach Coordinator
Backyard Music Coordinator
Artistic Associates

Johnny Simons
Linda Whittington
Robert Bourdage
Michele Bourdage
Aaron Swallow
Rebo Hill
Peggy Bott Kirby
Chris Curtis
Lorca Simons
Lake Simons
  

Special Thanks To

  
Christina, Yolanda, Shirley, Gennifer, LaDonna, Jo and all the dedicated care givers at Genesis City View Care Center. Additional thanks to Rob Bosquez of Artes de La Rosa, Jo Anne Hull with MainStage Irving-Las Colinas, Jennifer Jeske Stewart, Holly Tarkon and Mandy Mackie for wheelchairs and to Laurie and Quentin McGown for the Bamboo poles fresh from their garden. Thanks to Lorca Simons and Barbara Wooten for the Angel Wings. Thanks to David Ruffin for arranging for the roads to be regraded, so a very special thanks to Ted Dossey who brought out his tractor and did the regrading.
  
  •  Jozy Camp as Patient Dancy Nancy

    Jozy Camp as Patient Dancy Nancy

  •  Paul Heyduck as Patient Toby

    Paul Heyduck as Patient Toby

  •  Debbie Dacus as Patient Joan

    Debbie Dacus as Patient Joan

  •  JoAnn Gracey as Patient Dot with Peggy Bott Kirby as Patient Eva and Paul Logsdon as Dr. Wier

    JoAnn Gracey as Patient Dot with Peggy Bott Kirby as Patient Eva and Paul Logsdon as Dr. Wier

  •  Paul Logsdon as Dr. Wier with Kristi Ramos Toler as Patient Margo and Elysia Worcester as Nurse Lilly

    Paul Logsdon as Dr. Wier with Kristi Ramos Toler as Patient Margo and Elysia Worcester as Nurse Lilly

  •  Thad Isbell as Patient Roy with Brian Cook as Nurse Christian, Elysia Worcester as Nurse Lilly and Jeff Stanfield as Nurse Arlo

    Thad Isbell as Patient Roy with Brian Cook as Nurse Christian, Elysia Worcester as Nurse Lilly and Jeff Stanfield as Nurse Arlo

  •  Laura L. Jones as Nurse Olive, Jeff Stanfield as Nurse Arlo, Brian Cook as Nurse Christian and Elysia Worcester as Nurse Lilly

    Laura L. Jones as Nurse Olive, Jeff Stanfield as Nurse Arlo, Brian Cook as Nurse Christian and Elysia Worcester as Nurse Lilly

  •  Shelby Griffin as Sara Harp, Eva's Daughter

    Shelby Griffin as Sara Harp, Eva's Daughter

  •  Paul Heyduck as Patient Toby with Jozy Camp as Patient Dancy Nancy

    Paul Heyduck as Patient Toby with Jozy Camp as Patient Dancy Nancy

  •  River Barley as A Boy, an angelic spirit

    River Barley as A Boy, an angelic spirit

  •  Holly Tarkon as Lyra an angelic spirit

    Holly Tarkon as Lyra an angelic spirit

  •  Holly Tarkon as Lyra, an angelic spirit

    Holly Tarkon as Lyra, an angelic spirit

  •  Peggy Bott Kirby as Eva and River Barley as A Boy, an angelic spirit

    Peggy Bott Kirby as Eva and River Barley as A Boy, an angelic spirit

  •  Thad Isbell as Patient Roy and Holly Tarkon as Lyra an angelic spirit

    Thad Isbell as Patient Roy and Holly Tarkon as Lyra an angelic spirit

  •  Shelby Griffin as Sara Harp, Holly Tarkon as Lyra, Peggy Bott Kirby as Eva and River Barley as A Boy

    Shelby Griffin as Sara Harp, Holly Tarkon as Lyra, Peggy Bott Kirby as Eva and River Barley as A Boy

  Photos by Robert Bourdage
Backyard Musicians
   
June 29
Clint Niosi


June 30
Darrin Kobetich


July 1
John and Glenda Walker



July 6
The Shameless Boohoos


July 7
Breaking Light


July 8
Mike Kelley



July 13
Melinda Wood Allen


July 14
Sam the Lion Unplugged


July 15
Bruce Payne



July 20
John Jenkins

July 21
John Dyer

July 22
John Dyer
  
This play is dedicated to Diane Simons
  
A Remembrance of Michael will be held at the close of the performance season on Saturday, November 3 from 6 PM to Midnight at the Hip Pocket Theatre. We’ll remember Michael and plant a tree so he is always with us.