The Savannah Sipping Society
Written by: Jones Hope Wooten
Directed by: Pete Parkin
The Savannah Sipping Society: the very name conjures up images of genteel women meeting on the veranda of an ante-bellum mansion, sipping mint juleps from tall frosted glasses, and discreetly discussing the scandals of the day. In this case, those images couldn’t be further from the truth.
Playwrights Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten (collectively known as Jones Hope Wooten) created the comedy The Savannah Sipping Society to present four unique, modern-day Southern women drawn together either by a happy accident, or by Fate in the guise of an impromptu happy hour. However it happens, once they meet, they prompt each other to re-capture the enthusiasm (some might say ‘lust’) for life they somehow lost through the years.
There’s Randa, a workaholic and perfectionist, who has suffered a surprise career ‘derailment.’ In struggling to cope with that, she realizes work was her life, and she has no idea how to get a different one.
Dot, still reeling from her husband’s recent passing, and the resulting loss of their plans for an idyllic retirement, faces the unsettling prospect of starting a new life from scratch – and all alone.
Marlafaye has blown into Savannah fresh from Texas, “ a good ol’ gal” fleeing the loss of her husband to a twenty-three-year-old dental hygienist. Her desire to establish a new life is equaled only by her desire to wreak righteous, delicious revenge on her philandering ex-husband.
Also new to town is Jinx, a ”life coach” and veritable force of nature, who offers her skills to help the group. Her laser-focused determination to help her new friends threaten to blind her to seeing she might be the one most in need of sage advice.
Director Pete Parkin picked the play “because it is very funny, and made me laugh out loud a dozen times when I read it alone in my apartment in Pasadena.” Parkin says he also especially liked the play “because there were great parts for four women of a certain age’. There is virtually nothing written just for that demographic.”
Parkin has assembled a top notch group of Albuquerque & Santa Fe actresses for this show. Lorri Layle Oliver (Souvenir, Blithe Spirit) is Marlafaye. Holly Gilster (You Can’t Take It With You, Julius Caesar) plays Jinx. Gail Spidle (Picnic, Twelve Angry Jurors) is Dot, and Mona Malec (Frankie & Johnny, The Dream Inside Another) is Randa.
The Savannah Sipping Society is filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures (and the occasional liquid refreshment) as these four middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart new lives, with a renewed determination to live in the moment. Most importantly, they learn it’s never too late to make new old friends.
The laugh-out-loud comedy The Savannah Sipping Society opens Aug 11th and plays through. Sep 3rd, 2017at The Adobe Theater (9813 4th Street NW). Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30p, Sundays at 2:00p. General Admission $17, Discount $14 (Seniors, Students, ATG Members, Military, First Responders). Opening Weekend Special: All Tickets $10! PWYW performance is Thursday, August 24th.
9813 4th St. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114