If you haven't seen this play, you're not alone. It's a wonderful Sarah Ruhl script, found only in the Clean House Collection. It's a wonderful comedy about a circle of friends, almonds, nostalgia and tears. Ruhl weaves images, poetry and laughs. It also has several musical numbers (I wrote the campy score) and a role for a cellist. The story is about a woman, Tilly, whose sadness is so attractive, everyone falls in love with her (everyone!). Surrounded by love at her birthday party, she is overcome, and subsequently happy. Once happy, the charm is broken, and no one loves her. Ruhl's story treats lightly on depression and bipolar disorders, but ever so charmingly. It is a story of broken families, and making families; joining our circles. It is about being there for your friends, even if they turn into almonds. One of my favorite scripts ever!
Scenic Design - Skelly Warren, Lighting Design - Jake Bray, Costume Design - Katlin Kobernick, Projection Design - Abby Miller, Original Composition - Ryan Thompson & Jamie Cheatham, Hair & Makeup Design - Sarah Lord, Choreography - Jamie Cheatham
Photographs courtesy of Don Lintner