SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE by Ralph Pape tells the story of life, dreams, high school reunions and Devil Dogs. It is New York City, 1976, and we meet five members of the first Television Generation: Jerry, a struggling actor, his girlfriend Ginny, a secretary, Steve, a prankish would-be poet and television writer, Bobby, a musician who has been scraping by with dates in small clubs in suburban New Jersey, and his girlfriend, Catherine, a beautiful and rather kinky airline stewardess.
Their intention is to attend their high-school reunion, and as they while away the hours before it is time to leave, they talk and smoke pot, and their conversation becoming funnier — and more revealing — as the smoke thickens. They discuss their dreams, insecurities, past events and favorite TV shows. These are children of the idealistic 60s, unable to come to terms with the uncertain ‘70s, and trying to evade, with their ever-funnier and more biting comments, the sobering truth that haunts them all-that as they head into their 30’s, there are no clear and simple answers anymore.
SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE was an off-Broadway play originally starring John Malkovich and Joan Allen that was later adapted into an Emmy award-winning TV show.
The Street Theatre Company cast features Jeremy Maxwell, Melissa Silengo, Ryan Williams, Laura Crockerell, and Alan Smith. Artistic Director, Cathy Street, says, “I learned of this play back when I was in college and fell in love with it. Not only is it very, very funny, but also introspective, which to me is a winning combination. I also think it speaks universally to all ages. People who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s are going to relate to the issues of that era, and young people today will most definitely relate to that angst of trying to figure out who you are going to become.”
SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE is presented in part due thanks to Graffiti Advertising, Metro Nashville Arts Commission and Tennessee Arts Commission. The show runs June 8-24. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors, with specials including a Talk-Back night, Student night, and Starving Artist night. For specific show information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.streettheatrecompany.org. Performances are at Street Theatre, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, just off the Briley Parkway. For more information, call 615-554-7414.
Street Theatre Company is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to fostering professional, affordable and accessible theatre, music and arts education in Nashville. Founded in 2004, the organization produces high quality performances and educational workshops, and provides artistic opportunities for young people. For more information, visit www.streettheatrecompany.org.
Photo Credit - Heavenly Perspective Photography