"Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes"
By Sandra Fenichel Asher
Through Dramatic Publishing Company
Directed by Dolph Hubbard and Wendy Wolf
Rebecca Haines as Kate Corrigan
Linda Bailey as Molly Blumenthal
Robert Hollis as Jeff Bernstein
Ashley Wise as Marsha Bernstein
Linda Craig as Mrs. Petrelli
Shawn Chandler as Mrs. Feldman
Lynn Hall as Mrs. Davis
Joe Kowalski as Bill Clayton
Kate Corrigan has her life in order, or so she likes to think. In what she describes as "not lower middle age" but "upper youth," she has a lucrative job, a no strings-attached man, and a new house in the suburbs. "Consider yourselves part of the clutter," she blithely tells new neighbors Molly Blumenthal and her grandson, Jeff, when they pay Kate a call before she has even unpacked. And delightful clutter they soon become, overwhelming Kate's tiny existence with a roller-coaster friendship, pot-roast, and the problems of all the elderly women on the block. As she meets these women, living in quirky isolation after outliving their husbands' and their families' need for them, Kate realizes the life she's found looks a lot like the one she'd been running from. "Is it in the genes, an instinct," she wonders, "like elephants heading for the burial ground? Am I a little old lady in training?" Confronted with old fears and new choices, Kate finds her life opening up wide enough, for the first time, to admit love.