By Jane Anderson
The Quality of LifeApril 8, 2014 - May 11, 2014
Directed By Allen Nause
It turns out that true love knows no bounds, family roots run true and there are a few things red wine and a bong hit won’t fix. Jeanette and Neil live off the land in a yurt on the site of their Northern California home, recently destroyed by a massive fire. Neil is dying. Jeannette’s long-lost cousin and her husband are coming from the Midwest for a visit after losing their daughter. In a love story and comedic drama that plumbs societal, religious and ethical divides, the couples explore their respective life perspectives with finesse, humor, honesty and respect.
• Winner 2007 Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an Outstanding New Play• 2008 Ovation Award for Best New Play Winner
*Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
THIS SHOW WILL RUN APPROXIMATELY 2 HOURS WITH ONE INTERMISSION.
ON OUR WALLS: For each stage production, Artists Rep partners with local artists, galleries and curators to offer patrons a lobby exhibit that reflects the themes of the play in the form of visual art. For The Quality of Life The Geezer Gallery will present an installation called INTERNAL WORLDS – Three Women Artists from April 4 through May 11. INTERNAL WORLDS brings together the art of three accomplished artists who, in the shadow of trauma, loss, and sickness, turned to their creative practice for strength, restoration and transformation. Represented is the maker’s interior space—the courage and will to see life differently through their creative process. Facing circumstances beyond their control, the artists chose not to represent the world, but to reflect the world as created, alive with hope. The results offer understanding and appreciation for art’s contribution to healing in the aftermath of their experience.Inspired by Artists Rep's production of The Quality of Life, INTERNAL WORLDS features paintings and acrylic monotypes by Janet Holt, mixed-media collage by Haifa Al-Habeeb, and mixed-media monotypes by the late Madeline Janovec. Meet the artists! Stop by before the Wednesday, April 23 performance and talk with the artists. Come by starting at 6pm and talk with them about the inspirations for their provocative work before you head into the theatre.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
VIDEO TRAILER! Click here to see the fantastic trailer by video designer Tommy Harrington.
STUDY GUIDE! Click here to download a study guide for this production - a GREAT resource for all!
Happy Hours, Surprise nights and discussions oh my! Click here for a full schedule of activities sure to make your theatre experience even more rewarding.
PLAYBILL! Bios, headshots, Q&A's and so much more! Click here to download the playbill for this production.
Click here to read a detailed synopsis of The Quality of Life. SPOILER ALERT!
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WEEKEND SPONSOR: Charlotte Rubin
Jon & Jan Swanson
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"...exquisite, sweet and measured..." writes Marty Hughley in a beautifully written review for ArtsWatch.
" It's warm, heartfelt, profane, and hilarious, and it's life-affirming in the best possible way...leaves you bruised but hopeful," wrote Patrick Brasselll for Broadway World.
"It is, after all, not the issues that the play touches on that are most important here but the humanity of the play's characters, and it is that humanity that director Allen Nause's sensitive, thoughtful production most successfully brings home," wrote Richard Wattenberg for The Oregonian. Read the review here.“This really touched me deeply. I can’t remember being so affected by a play.” - Audience member
"...explore with us the dilemma of existence, meaning, communication, relationships, responsibility and tolerance, among other things. And, let me tell you, folks, with these artists at the helm to explore these areas with, it doesn’t get any better than this!" -- says Dennis Sparks in his review. Read more here...
“Beautifully written and directed, and the cast is amazing!” - Audience member“It’s a beautiful heart felt script that shows how close people can become, even from opposite points of view, when they embrace their mutual ached and their hearts are open. Michael Mendelson is absolutely amazing – best thing I have ever seen him do. The entire cast was amazing!” - Audience member
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