“Surviving Mama” presented by EDGEMAR CENTER FOR THE ARTS
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* September 13, 2012 Press/media contact: Philip Sokoloff, (626) 683-9205 “SURVIVING MAMA”: WORLD PREMIERE ENGAGEMENT OPENS AT EDGEMAR CENTER FOR THE ARTS ON OCTOBER 12 WHAT: “Surviving Mama.” World Premiere engagement of a new play. WHO: Written by Sonia Levitin. Directed by Doug Kaback. Presented by Edgemar Center for the Arts in association with Sunny Productions LLC. WHERE: Edgemar Center for the Arts, on the Main Stage, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405. WHEN: October 12- November 18, 2012. Fri. at 8:00, Sat. at 3:00 and 8:00, Sun. at 5:00. ADMISSION: $34.99. RESERVATIONS:(310) 392-7327 ONLINE TICKETING: www.survivingmamatheplay.com Marlena has been one tough cookie. She survived the horrors of the Holocaust and a bad marriage to eventually make a life for herself and her daughters in America. She endured much and sacrificed a lot for the sake of her Francine, Anne and Stella. Marlena’s aging now, and it’s becoming questionable as to how independent she can remain for how long. There’s the prospect of a late-life courtship by a charming mature gentleman, but it’s really her daughters who will have to make some decisions soon regarding her future. She’s given them everything. What will they do now? Will they do what’s right, or what’s convenient? Sonia Levitin is the playwright. The author of over 40 novels translated into five languages, her previous work for the theatre includes a musical for which she wrote the book and lyrics, “Return,” based on her novel about the exodus of Ethiopian Jews to Israel during the 1980s. “Return” was produced at Edgemar Center for the Arts. The new work, “Surviving Mama,” is inspired by true events. Doug Kaback directs. He has previously directed shows for Edgemar Center, the Old Globe, Fountain Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, East West Players, Odyssey Theatre and other venues. He has written over forty plays, and is a Professor at Cal State Northridge. His cast for “Surviving Mama” includes, in alphabetical order: Emily Dean, Jerry Lacy, Peter Lucas, Gina Manziello, Arva Rose, Sharon Rosner and Matt Silver. Production Manager: Lloyd F. Reese.
*Lainie Kazan, previously announced to perform as Mama, has withdrawn from the cast to accept a role in a feature film. The role of Mama will now be performed by Arva Rose.*
“Surviving Mama” is a woman’s story with an epic sweep: escape from the Nazis, love in a time of danger, the struggle to raise a family in the new world, and the challenges of maturity. It is, on one level, an adventure story. But for many audience members, the dilemma of the aging Marlena will resonate soundly: How will we best do right by the woman who gave us life?