SCCT’S 2016 Summer Drama Series Debuts with “Grace and Glorie”

SCCT’S 2016 Summer Drama Series Debuts with “Grace and Glorie”

Jessica Goody

Sun City Hilton Head, SC - The themes of friendship, loyalty and love form the basis of Tom Ziegler’s dramatic comedy “Grace and Glorie”, the first production of the Sun City Community Theatre’s 2016 Summer Drama Series.

Actress Maya White plays Grace Stiles, “a ninety-year-old illiterate woman” diagnosed with terminal cancer. Stubborn, proud, and sharp as a tack, Grace is determined to die on her family’s homestead in the Blue Ridge Mountains instead of in a hospital. “She’s a feisty, strong-willed woman who’s going to do things her way,” says Mary Kay Montgomery, who co-directs the show with Bob Taylor. “She has dealt with life and death for all of her ninety years,” says Carol Wroblewski, who portrays New York City sophisticate Gloria “Glorie” Whitmore. “That is what makes this play meaningful.”

A Harvard-educated career woman turned Hospice worker eager to avoid the fact of her crumbling marriage, Glorie occupies herself by caring for Grace during her last days. “Glorie was at the top of her career, a partner in her firm, making huge amounts of money,” Wroblewski explains. “It all came crashing down when the car she was driving with her son was hit by a delivery truck.” The women bond as they struggle to come to terms with the loss of their loved ones, realizing that they have more in common than they could have ever imagined. “Both learn from each other and as one is losing her life, manages to save the other’s,” says Wroblewski.

Bittersweet, humorous, and heartwarming, “Grace and Glorie” “has depth and meaning,” White enthuses. “The audience will love these women,” remarks Wroblewski. They will relate to the universal themes of Grace’s failing health and lost independence and enjoy the show’s appealing mixture of dry humor and moving drama. Actors Wroblewski and White nimbly portray the relationship between the women, revealing the tearjerking tenderness beneath their seemingly ornery exteriors. “It is a beautifully-written show that allows two actresses wonderful character challenges...which allow an actor to stretch and grow,” says Wroblewski. “Any play with strong, capable characters is a good fit for Sun City.”

Since June 2013, Sun City’s Lifestyles Services has “teamed up with the Sun City Community Theatre to promote shows and sell tickets,” explains department director Jackie Merritt. “Lifestyles provides the venue, does the advertising for the show, sells the tickets and provides a technician,” says Wroblewski. “The setting is casual and the venue is intimate, with people seated around tables that afford a chance to have a glass of wine and a few nibbles.” There will be a cash bar offering wine and beer for the audience at Pinckney Hall.

“Grace and Glorie” is directed by Bob Taylor and Mary Kay Montgomery and is produced by Jessica Goody. Performances are July 21st, 22nd, and 23rd at 7:30 PM, with a 2:30 PM matinee on Sunday, July 24th at Pinckney Hall. Tickets are $14 and can be purchased at Lifestyles Services or by phone at (843) 705-4060. 

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