J CITY Theater: The Memory Of Water
The Memory of Water opens at J CITY Theater
More great area theater options this month!
The great thing about seeing a play in Jersey City, is the great “Dinner and a Show” packages they have. For this show – you get 10% off at The Hamilton Inn, and $30 Prixe Fixe at The Embankment. All just a ultra-quick cab ride away!
On April 13th, 2012 – J CITY Theater will open The Memory Of Water, by Shelagh Stephenson at The Underground Theater at St. Michael’s in downtown Jersey City. Performances begin at 8pm. Audiences are encouraged to reserve tickets due to limited seating and a limited run. The show is scheduled to close on April 28th.
Memory of Water got Laurence Olivier Best New Comedy Award
“The Memory of Water, winner of the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, is a delicious romp on the way to the grave. Set during the days leading up to their flawed mother’s funeral, three estranged and eccentric sisters gather to make final arrangements. There’s nothing like a funeral to bring out the worst and best in people. This sparkling and witty script provides an ensemble of talented actresses the chance to really shine. Mary, Teresa and Catherine struggle to come to terms with their wildly differing memories of childhood as their dead mother, Vi, continues to frustrate them from the grave. Mothers always provide their daughters with the notion of what it means to be a woman, and Vi is the gift that keeps on giving – as seen in her daughter’s ongoing battles in their own romantic relationships.
This touching and darkly hilarious story plays as a comedy for much of it’s length, but many of its most impressive moments take place when the laughter dies away without warning and the characters are overwhelmed by remembered anger and very present pain. “I’m just sayin’…people die…you can’t avoid it.”
The cast includes Actor Equity Members, Rosalind Ashford as Teresa, Sandy Cockrell as Mary, Stephen Gleason as Frank, and Joseph Langham as Mike. Rounding out the ensemble is Susan Slotoroff playing Catherine and Eileen Gaughan as Vi.
“When selecting this script, I was drawn to the potential of a strong ensemble piece, particularly in that it focused on the story of women – which can be difficult to find” says Artistic Director Sandy Cockrell. “The comedy is sharp, the dialogue is quick, and the story has a lot of heart and is quite poignant. I’m also drawn to a theatrical experience that focuses on the questions and leaves the answers to fend for themselves.”
This is the final production in J CITY Theater’s 2011 / 2012 Season which has been their most successful in their 6 year history. “We started the season with the NJ Premier of David Mamet’s RACE – bringing in huge numbers and great reviews. Now we finish up with lots of laughter with Stephenson’s “The Memory of Water” – I think this season demonstrates our theater’s willingness to seek out challenges defy expectations.”
About J CITY Theater
J CITY Theater is a not-for-profit professional theater company based in Jersey City, New Jersey. Having formed 6 years ago, they now are in residence at St. Michael’s Church on Hamilton Park in downtown Jersey City, just a few blocks from the Holland Tunnel. J CITY Theater continues to garner positive reviews from The New York Times and Star Ledger for the quality of their productions. Recent productions include The NJ Premier of David Mamet’s RACE, STATE OF THE UNION by Crouse and Lindsay, last spring’s hit comedy PRIVATE EYES by Steven Dietz, and Peter Nichols’ PASSION. They are also known for their annual holiday show: A TUNA CHRISTMAS and their engaging one act plays (Compression of a Casualty and The Spot) during Hudson County Theater Alliance’s annual One Acts Festival. J CITY Theater’s mission is to create quality, high energy theater that is told with sophisticated simplicity.