L. to R. Adam Gregor, Julie Ann Lowery, Gary Young, Gary Young, Milton, Jennifer Parsons
"Outstanding." John F.Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
"Ingenious stage business..."Washington Post
"...moved to tears and laughing up a storm...an amazing release." Joan Webb
"Accurately conveys many universal ideas." Tolucan
"...charming, funny, loveable." Sr. Opportunities
"Member's pick" On the House
"...succeeds beautifully." Entertainment Today
"...truly unique vision." NoHo News
"...entertaining and bittersweet." Our House
Interruptions is a serio-comic look at the plight of Bob (Gary Young/David Lindstedt), a recent young widower, facing major difficulties dealing with the death and celestial presence of his beloved wife, Linda (Jennifer Parsons/Amy Benedict). He is aided unexpectedly by Zolton (AdamGregor), a loony pizza salesman and Nancy (Karen Michael/Kathleen McMartin), his amorous and concerned sister-in-law. Further attempts to advance his road to recovery are offered by the slightlly askew chums at his weekly support group. Itchy Mitch (Gabe Cohen/Randy Herman) has lost a wife to a drunk driver. Outspoken Freda (Kerry Michaels) insists she has endured every mishap under the sun, more than once! Ditzy but brainy Melissa (Faith Salie/Jeanne Phillips) lost her wealthy husband through a freak accident while at a swank seaside resort and Bonnie (Kathleen McMartin/April Audia) witnessed her hot-dogging husbands murder while attending a sporting event. Additional platters of platitude are served up by a crusty New York deli waitress (April Audia/Dorothy Sinclair). Bob is given "permission" to grieve, and therefore, get well, as he maneuvers through a succession of "Murphy's Laws."
If life is lived forward and understood backwards, life is definitely off-kilter for Bob, who has lost his 36 year old wife after a long battle with breast cancer. The two had been inseparable, and he took the loss badly, spending long hours in bed, vegetating. Linda, his deceased wife, does not like what she is seeing. She may have died, but that doesn't keep her from getting angry at Bob's lack of recovery. She visits him in a series of more than vivid dreams, and suggests, cajoles, and finally conjures a plan that is definitely a little wacky, and perhaps might not work exactly as she planned. Well, just because she is dead does not mean that she is perfect, causing a few surprises and unexpected twists of plot
Originally produced at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the work was inspired by the loss of the star and playwrights first wife at the age of 39. When Mr. Young found that there was very little information that would help young widows and widowers, he decided to change the original focus of the play to reflect this surprisingly common condition. The people in this play are fictional, as well as composites of his experiences and the experiences of many others in the same situation, who he met through support groups and "fix ups." Although the humor may be slightly politically incorrect, the problems are accurate and the ideas universal, even if, in this case, the fix is more than a little unorthodox! The work of recovery is difficult. If you keep your instinct for survival and your sense of humor, you can reassemble your life. It will be different than before, but it can be good on its own terms.
The antic and socio-serious play has impacted many individuals and the east coast premiere was hailed by the Washington Post for ...ingenious stage business and praised as outstanding by the Kennedy Center.
Directed by the Tony award nominated Marcia Rodd, known for her acting on Broadway, off-Broadway, Film, TV (Mash, Maude, Lou Grant, Night Court, All in the Family, ETC!).
Gary Young's plays, mostly dealing with social issues, have been produced and performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the White House, the Smithsonian, and venues throughout the US and Europe. He has worked with Jean Kennedy Smith as a coordinator for the National Very Special Arts Festival, and has produced festivals and written grant proposals to fund programs for, by and with disabled populations and the underprivileged. The non-fiction book, LOSS AND FOUND, co-written by Gary and Kathy Young, scheduled for publication soon, traces their true journey from being married to being widowed, to meeting each other, falling in love and getting married. Oh yes, with a family of five children.
INTERRUPTIONS ran at the Stella Adler theatre July 2-September 2, 2000. An extended run and a tour will be announced soon.