Published : Friday, August 11, 2017 | 3:33 PM
In 2008, playwright Stephanie Alison Walker and her husband were among the 1 in 54 homeowners to receive a foreclosure notice when the American housing market collapsed. As she fought to save her home and her marriage, Walker penned the first draft of “American Home.” In this powerful drama, opening August 26 at the Fremont Centre Theatre, a young couple faces eviction from the dream house they stretched to buy, an elderly widow falls prey to a reverse mortgage scheme, and a minister of the prosperity gospel must face the flock she’s led astray. American Home takes an unflinching look at the impossible choices people make when faced with losing everything and, ultimately, celebrates the powerful resilience of community and the human spirit.
Walker’s popular blog, Love in the Time of Foreclosure – featured by the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Business Week Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Huffington Post Live and ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer – has been called “a heartbreaking work of staggering acceptance” and her play, American Home, is a work of that same tone and caliber.
“I was astounded, when I first read the script,” says Little Candle Productions co-founder and Managing Director Betsy Roth, “That a piece dealing with this subject matter as deeply and personally as Stephanie does could still leave me with sense of hope. At Little Candle, we are passionate about creating theatre that affirms our audiences, that looks at the human experience through a lens that shows us that even our own brokenness is not beyond repair, and American Home absolutely hits the mark.”
American Home will be the fourth world premiere for Little Candle Productions at South Pasadena’s Fremont Centre Theatre, where audiences may have seen The Innocence of Father Brown, The Elliots, and the smash hit Cold Tangerines: The Play, and the eighth production overall for the five-year old company that also, notably, mounted The Light of Western Stars at San Marino’s Old Mill last summer in celebration of the venue’s bicentennial.
The cast features Jennifer Adler, Ozioma Akagha, Marc Barnes, Jono Eiland, Mel Green, Ethan Rains, Bette Smith, Jessica Temple, and Caroline Westheimer. The play is directed by Kate Woodruff with lighting design by Rob Van Guelpen, and costumes by Paula Deming.
Tickets costs $25 general admission, $20 students/seniors/military. Performance dates are August 26* – September 24, 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 2:00pm on Sundays. *with one 8pm preview on Friday, August 25 at Fremont Centre Theatre (1000 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena). To purchase tickets online, go to http://americanhome.brownpapertickets.com/