‘Another Day on Willow Street’ premieres at Compass Rose (May 10-31, 2014)

| May 15, 2014 | 1 Comment

Compass RoseA world premiere opened in Annapolis on May 10th in the new play, “Another Day on Willow Street” by Frank Anthony Polito. “Two couples fight to learn the meaning of love, sacrifice, and living for today…before it’s too late.” This edgy drama, appropriate for ages over 16, tells the story of two couples, one gay and one straight, in the days leading up to 9/11.   Frank Anthony Polito  is an award-winning playwright, author and actor. His plays have been produced in New York City, where he recently resided for over 18 years, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Columbus, and Omaha.

The story – Wall Street investment banker, Ian Brown, and his eight months pregnant wife, Stacy Gold, live in a beautiful Brooklyn Heights brownstone on Willow Street. When Stacy gives up her book publicist job to become a stay-at-home Mom, she soon gets bored with sitting on the Promenade, sipping Starbucks. With time on her hands, Stacy begins to fear losing what little intimacy she and Ian have left once the baby arrives.

Aspiring actor, Mark Gray, and his lover, Paul Green, have been living long-distance for the past two years. Mark keeps a studio on Willow Street, while Paul works as a lawyer in Boston, near his sick mother. When Mark learns of Paul’s mother’s dying wish to see him marry her son, he is faced with the reality of finally coming out to his parents. With time running out, Mark soon discovers what committing himself fully to another person truly entails.

Jonathan Lee Taylor, who plays Mark, is a DC based actor who has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Folger, and Olney Theatre and is member of Actors’ Equity. Renata Plecha, who received a BFA from the University of Minnesota Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program and recently appeared in Compass Rose Theater’s production of Romeo and Juliet, will play the role of Stacy. Ric Andersen previously appeared with Compass Rose as Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird and will play the role of Ian. The part of Paul will be played by Anthony Bosco, a member of Actors’ Equity who appeared in the inaugural production at Compass Rose Theater, Lost in Yonkers.  Mr. Bosco is also a filmmaker and director and lives in Wilmington, Delaware.  Lucinda Merry-Browne, the founding Artistic Director of Compass Rose Theater, and also a member of Actors’ Equity, directs.

Performances are held at Compass Rose Theater, located at 49 Spa Rd, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, across from The Westin Hotel. Our theater is fully wheelchair accessible. Admission is $35  for adults, $30 for seniors and military (with a valid ID), and $20 for students (with a valid ID). Runs Thursdays-Sundays May 10-31. Adult themes, appropriate for ages 16 and up. Runtime 70 minutes with no intermission.

Tickets are available online at www.compassrosetheater.org or by calling 410-980-6662. 

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