Get your reservations early for Hamilton-Gibson Productions upcoming play Miracle on South Division Street. The four-person comedy, sponsored by Indigo Wireless, is by Tom Dudzick who wrote Over the Tavern which HG produced a few years ago.
Miracle concerns the Nowaks, rock-solid members of the Roman Catholic Polish-American community on the East Side of Buffalo. They’ve been maintaining a shrine that Grandpa Nowak built in 1943, commemorating a vision –of the Virgin Mary preaching world peace—that he said he had shortly after arriving in the US from war-torn Europe and opening his barbershop.
Literally keeping the faith nearly 70 years later in the gritty, deteriorating neighborhood are his daughter, Clara (Linda Iseri), and her grown children: Jimmy (Noyes Lawton) a garbage collector; Bev (Renee Shantz) a ketchup bottler; and Ruth (Johna Neal) who would be a struggling actress if she could only get a part.
It’s the shrine that has given the family its identity. “We were selected,” Clara says firmly, even if the church won’t recognize her father’s account as a miracle. Clara long ago converted the barbershop into a kitchen for the poor, proudly offering soup “prepared on holy ground.” If Jimmy is tired of telling passing strangers the story, hoping for contributions, Bev believes it fervently, and restricts her romances to those men who might believe it too. When Ruth gathers the family to ask permission to dramatize the shrine’s history, they at first applaud, then are alarmed when she adds, “I mean the true story.”
The play, directed by Thomas Putnam, opens at the Warehouse Theatre, 3 Central Avenue, Wellsboro, on November 7 at 7:30 followed by an opening night reception. It continues on November 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30; and on November 9 at 2:30. Regular ticket prices are $18 for adults; $7 Students/Children. The First Saturday performance has reduced prices of $12 for adults; and Students/Children are admitted free of charge. Sunday’s matinee is Pay-What-You-Can.
MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVSION STREET From the playwright who gave us OVER THE TAVERN, Tom Dudzick, comes a warm, witty, and wonderful celebration of a family’s conflict with a secret from the past. Warehouse.
Sponsored by Indigo Wireless
Performances at the Warehouse Theatre: November 7, 8, 14, 15 at 7:30 PM and November 9 at 2:30 PM