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Alzheimer’s play leaves audience in tears

Greg Hinojosa and Whitney Marlett
Greg Hinojosa and Whitney Marlett

The world premiere of  “The Last Waltz”, a play about those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and the loved ones who care for them, opened to full houses and rousing ovations on the weekend of January 13th.  Many people left the theater in tears after this emotionally charged drama.

The play by Bernard J. Taylor tells of a doctor who commissions a composer to create a piece of music as an anniversary present for his wife, who is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s. Music is one of the few things that seem to give her peace and joy. In the beginning we see the doctor committing some highly questionable acts on his wife but his motivation becomes clearer in his discussions with the composer. After his wife dies, the doctor has a life changing experience.

Four leading San Antonio actors have been cast in the roles: Greg Hinojosa, Artistic Consultant for the Magik Theatre who recently won an ATAC award for his performance in Born Yesterday at The Classic Theatre, will be adding almost 20 years to his real age to play the Doctor; Whitney Marlett, who delighted audiences with her recent performance in Jackson Square at the Overtime, plays his afflicted wife; Kathy Feinstein, ATAC Award Winner for Blythe Spirit, plays the loyal Nurse; and Torence B. White, local favorite of Queen’s Castle at Overtime Theater, plays the composer.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. It is irreversible and slowly destroys thinking skills and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that more than 5 million Americans may have the disease.

A talkback with the cast was held after the show on Sunday, Jan 15, and many members of the audience stayed to ask questions of the Alzheimer’s Association’s representative, neuroscientist Brett Bonney, and cast members.  Another talkback will be held on Sunday the 22nd at 3p.m.  A representative from The Alzheimer’s Association of San Antonio (alz.org/sanantonio) will again be available to answer audience questions and provide helpful resources. A silent auction benefiting the Alzheimer’s research will be held on opening night, Jan 13, and will feature paintings from the Playwright and other artists. The theater will also accept donations for the organization. The production is dedicated to Ron Casola, Director of The Live Oak Singers, and other sufferers of the disease, along with those who care for them.

A silent auction on opening night raised $465 towards Alzheimer’s research and playwright Bernard J. Taylor is donating 25 per cent of his future royalties from this play to the Alzheimer’s Association.

There are three final performances on Friday (20th, Saturday the 21st and a matinee at 3 on Sunday.

To book seats, call The Overtime Theater at (210)  557  75621  or order them online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/67145.  Tickets cost  $15 (General) and $10 (Senior/Student/Military) and $8 (groups of 10 or more).

 

 

Greg Hinojosa and Whitney Marlett

The Last Waltz

The Last Waltz: A play about Alzheimer’s by Bernard J. Taylor

Directed by Nicole Erwin

Aria Creative Productions in association with The Overtime Theater, present “The Last Waltz”, a play about those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and the loved ones who care for them.

The play by Bernard J. Taylor tells of a doctor who commissions a composer to create a piece of music as an anniversary present for his wife, who is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s. Music is one of the few things that seem to give her peace and joy. In the beginning we see the doctor committing some highly questionable acts on his wife but his motivation becomes clearer in his discussions with the composer. After his wife dies, the doctor has a life changing experience.

Four leading San Antonio actors have been cast in the roles: Greg Hinojosa, Artistic Consultant for the Magik Theatre who recently won an ATAC award for his performance in Born Yesterday at The Classic Theatre, will be adding almost 20 years to his real age to play the Doctor; Whitney Marlett, who delighted audiences with her recent performance in Jackson Square at the Overtime, plays his afflicted wife; Kathy Feinstein, ATAC Award Winner for Blythe Spirit, plays the loyal Nurse; and Torence B. White, local favorite of Queen’s Castle at Overtime Theater, plays the Composer.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. It is irreversible and slowly destroys thinking skills and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that more than 5 million Americans may have the disease.

lastwaltzA talkback with the cast will be held after the show on Sunday, Jan 15. A representative from The Alzheimer’s Association of San Antonio (alz.org/sanantonio) will be available to answer audience questions and provide helpful resources. A silent auction benefiting the Alzheimer’s research will be held on opening night, Jan 13, and will feature paintings from the Playwright and other artists. The theater will also accept donations for the organization. The production is dedicated to Ron Casola, Director of The Live Oak Singers.

Performances: January 13-22 

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.

The Overtime Theater, 1203 Camden, San Antonio, TX 78215

Tickets

$15 (General), $10 (Senior/Student/Military) and $8 (groups of 10 or more)
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The Lady of Shalott

Playwright(s): Bernard J. Taylor
Helen, a professor of literature long settled in a relationship with her former tutor, is visited by a former student, Elliott, who has achieved considerable success as an author. There is immediate tension between Helen and Lloyd, the professor she lives with but has never married. Lloyd senses that there is a strong attraction between Helen and Elliott and feels that the raw animal energy of Elliott could overwhelm and destroy Helen. Elliott, meanwhile, sees Helen as someone who has been stifled, robbed of any passion and spontaneity, by the rigid regime imposed upon her by Lloyd, who has been the primary influence on her since she was his student. It soon becomes evident that something happened between Helen and Elliott at a literary conference they had both attended without Lloyd some time earlier – something that left Helen highly unsettled, but which she is reluctant to discuss. Then everything explodes into the open with unforeseen consequences. The play features music taken mainly from two symphonic works, “Passion’s Progress” and “The Millennium Suite”.

Cast: Directed by Erin Polewski
Stage Managed by Angie Hernandez

HELEN – Evie Armstrong
LLOYD – Larry Grote
ELLIOT – Joseph Urick

Location: 1203 Camden, Near the Pearl Brewery Complex, San Antonio, Texas, 78215
Times: October 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8:00 pm, October 16 at 3:00 pm, and October 23 at 7:00 pm
Tickets: $15.00 General Admission; $10.00 SATCO, Teachers, Students, Military, Seniors, Area service industry.

Sundays are PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT shows. ONLINE SALES FOR WEEKEND SHOWS END 3 HOURS BEFORE THE SHOW. After that time, please call 210-557-7562 to inquire about ticket availability at the box office.
For More Information: You may contact The Overtime Theater at theovertimetheater@gmail.com or at 210.557.7562.