Published : Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 6:14 PM
Emily Stilson, seventy years old and a celebrated former aviatrix and stunt pilot has a stroke, loses speech, herself, her place in time. Memories flood in as she attempts to relearn the basic functions of everyday life. Aided by a dedicated young therapist, Emily’s flights of memory and emotion create an evocative portrait of the ability of the human spirit to renew and survive.
“Wings is a brilliant work; complex at first glance yet utterly lucid; it mounts and soars … like the airplane that serves as its distant motif.” – New York Times
Playwright Arthur Kopit was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame last year. His Broadway plays include Wings; Indians; Oh Dad Poor Dad Mama’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feeling So Sad; End of the World; an adaptation of Ibsen’s Ghosts; and the books for the musicals High Society and Nine.
Christian Lebano directs. The Artistic Director of Sierra Madre Playhouse, his many directing credits include Woman in Mind (L.A. Times Critic’s Choice), Deathtrap (Ovation Award winner), A Christmas Story, 4000 Miles, The Glass Menagerie (Ovation Award nominee), the upcoming The Gin Game and more. Also an actor, his stage appearances include Opus, Bee-Luther-Hatchee, Our Town, To Kill a Mockingbird, God’s Man in Texas and more.
Claudette Sutherland portrays Emily Stilson. Her Broadway credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (in which she was the original Smitty), The Shadow Box and The Women.
“Wings” Staged reading of a play by Arthur Kopit. Directed by Christian Lebano at Sierra Madre Playhouse (87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre). This is just east of Pasadena. Ample free parking behind Playhouse. Monday, July 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Admission : Free. Donations accepted. Reservations are not necessary. Information: (626) 355-4318 or www.sierramadreplayhouse.org