by Deborah Zoe Laufer
SPAC’s Production of “END DAYS” by Deborah Zoe Laufer, runs from March 8th through the 17th at SPAC’s Dunlap Theatre.
“A rapturously funny play about a family trying to survive in a world hurtling toward Armageddon proves that the right playwright can inspire healing laughter in even the most sobering subjects.”
– The Miami Herald
The show, directed by Linda Neal, was written in 2007. Says Neal, “This is contemporary comedy at its best. I read more than 10 plays before my daughter recommended a show she heard on NPR. She said it sounded like it was right up my alley. How right she was. It has all of the elements I love in a script: wit, whimsy, a little provocative subject content and relationships that build to new depths of understanding. The personal story of the Stein family will touch your heart and tickle your funny bone. The turning of the Mayan Calendar is so fresh in our minds that “End Days” has an extra twist of fun.”
Meet the Steins
Rachel, played by Angelina Toney, a 16 year old girl gone Goth. Her Father, Arthur, played by Audy Watson, hasn’t left the house in months. Sylvia, her Mother, played by Corinna Soule, a new Evangelical convert who has a close and personal relationship to Christ. Nelson Steinberg, played by Robert Mac Guire?, the 16-year-old neighbor. Nelson is smitten with Rachel and won’t stop dressing like Elvis; he’s the catalyst for change in the Stein family.
Christ, played by Christopher Neal-Tripp and Stephen Hawking, played by Eric Carpelan.
Daniel Collins is our Stage Manager. Lacey Williams, Robin Bailey, Bee Soule and Connie Croad are prompting. Leah Dean and Liesl Schwall are working set crew and Liesl will also understudy for Rachel. Mary Carpelan, Robin Stone and Linda Neal are set painting. Lizzi Martinez will be our sound and light board operator. Rusty Miller and Connie Croad provided the Elvis “cover” for Nelson.
“I’d like to thank Rabbi Tzachi Litov from the Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle who was such a joy to meet and so helpful in providing a sound file for our show, not to mention Yamakas…I’d also like to thank the SPAC Board of Directors for this opportunity. It’s always nice to direct at SPAC because it is such a good space to work in with a wonderful patronage. We have a great cast and crew working hard to bring you some laughs along with the drama. Be sure not to miss this amazing production.”
“End Days” opens on March 8th at 8PM, with additional evening performances on the 9th, 15th 16th at 8PM. We will close with a Matinee on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th at 2:30PM. The House will be open 30 minutes before Curtain.
Tickets ($14.00 a piece) are available in Yreka at Bella Art Works, 202 W. Miner Street, The Yreka Chamber of Commerce and Nature’s Kitchen. In Fort Jones, tickets will be available at Hair Razor’s, 117 Montague Road.
For more information, call SPAC at 842-5442; leave a message and someone will get back to you!