Michigan City’s Footlight Players’ production of the drama “Moonglow” has already proven to be a hit with a select area audience.
“We have a play reading committee of about 15 people and we read about 47 plays last year for the season, and everybody was in love with the script,” said “Moonglow director Robert W. Komendera. “It’s such a beautifully written script.”
The play opens today and runs through Oct. 15. “Moonglow” chronicles the relationships between Maxine, an elderly woman afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease who resides in an assisted living care facility, Diane, Maxine’s daughter, and Joe, a widower who sweeps Maxine off of her feet.
"Moonglow" was penned by Michigan-based playwright Kim Carney, whose credits include acclaimed works such as “Labor Day” and “The Home Team.” The play, which was inspired by events between the author and her mother, made its stage debut in 2006.
“It’s about dealing with Alzheimer's, what Alzheimer's patients go through, what their caretakers go through and what their families go through,” Komendera said of the play. “It’s done with a lot of humor, but there’s also a lot of good pathos in it.”
Laura Meyer is Maxine, Emma Blanchard is Diane and David Mikolajczyk is Joe in Footlight’s “Moonglow.” They are joined onstage by Greta Friedman as Benita, a worker at the living care facility caring for Maxine and Joe; Thom Nelson as Joe’s son, Greg; and Alyna Lauritsen and Anthony Holt, who play younger versions of Maxine and Joe.
“It’s going very well,” Komendera said of his production. “I’ve got a really good group of cast and crew."
Next up for Footlight Players is a production of the holiday comedy “My Three Angels,” scheduled to open at Footlight Theatre Dec. 1.
FYI: “Moonglow” runs at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and Oct. 12-14 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 15 at Footlight Theatre, 1705 Franklin St., Michigan City. Tickets are $15 for adults (two for $25 coupon available on Footlight Players website); $10 for children 12 and younger. Call 219-874-4035 or visit FOOTLIGHTPLAYERS.ORG