Do Not Go Gentle

Monday, December 8, At 7:30 P.M.

By Suzan L. Zeder
Directed by Doug Smith

DoNotGoGentleArmChair-webIt’s a comedy! It’s a drama! It’s DO NOT GO GENTLE – a play about 84 year old Lillian “Grambie’ Boedecker Barron, a very funny, very vibrant and very wise matriarch who’s also very dead. But being recently deceased won’t stop this force of nature from appearing in flashback scenes during the estate sale put together by her bickering family members – in fact, she’s on stage the entire play.

First, there’s estranged son, Windsor, a military man back from Germany for the funeral, and his daughter Kelly, who had a special relationship with her grandmother before things turned sour over an ‘unforgiveable event.’ Add in Lillian’s doting niece, Joanna, organizer of the estate sale, who covered the walls with sheets to hide the wild surrealistic art painted all over the living room. And then there’s Lillian herself, who finds she can’t “move on” until there’s harmony in the clan, or at least detente. And also on hand are the mysterious young neighborhood kid named Nobody, and Mildred, the estate sale ringmaster, whose job it is to clear out all of Lillian’s belongings, and then repaint the entire house.

Commissioned by the Kennedy Center National Theatre for Youth Program in Washington, D.C., as a play about intergenerational relationships, the story changed when playwright Suzan Zeder workshopped the production at Northwestern University. The powerful, affirming drama became a funny, eccentric, and playful look at the complex and uncomfortable situations every family faces when one generation succeeds the one before it, offering a little hope to us all, young or old or in-between.


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