By Tina Howe
Directed by Daisy Walker
June 15 – July 9, 2017
Thursday through Monday at 8:00 p.m.
$20-$35; students $12
Gardner and Fanny Church are preparing to move out of their Beacon Hill house to their summer cottage on Cape Cod. Gardner, once a famous poet, now is retired. He slips in and out of senility as his wife Fanny valiantly tries to keep them both afloat. They have asked their daughter, Mags, to come home and help them move. Mags agrees, for she hopes as well to finally paint their portrait. She is now on the verge of artistic celebrity herself and hopes, by painting her parents, to come to terms with them and they with her.
Founder Gip Hoppe returns to WHAT as Gardner Church, joined by Laura Esterman as Fanny. Naomi McDougall Jones makes her WHAT debut as Mags. Daisy Walker directs.
In a career that spans more than four decades, Howe’s best-known works include Museum, The Art of Dining, Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances and Pride’s Crossing. Her plays have won numerous awards, including the 1998 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play for Pride’s Crossing, which was also a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Coastal Disturbances was nominated for the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play.