“Mother May I?!” Opens Tomorrow Night!

 Lake FRC puts fundraiser at Lakeport Senior Center

Excitement is in the air for the premiere of “Mother May I” written and directed by local playwright Marcello Bice.  The show, which includes dinner, wine and dessert, will run September 23, 24, & 25, and the curtain opens at 6pm.  Lake Family Resource Center is hosting this fundraising event to support the local Meals on Wheels Program.  Denise Johnson, Senior Services Director, as well as an executive producer, is thrilled about launching more theater on the stage at the Senior Center.

About the production

Starring in the play is Ukiah resident Laurie Strantz, a veteran actress from the Middletown Repertory Theater, who has delighted many audiences by starring in  local shows like Crimes of the Heart, Noises Off, Beyond Therapy and Cobb Mountain Elementary School’s Peter Pan.  Ms. Strantz will be playing the lead role of Dottie, the ghost of a mother who cannot help but meddle in the love life of her daughter, Sarah, played by Bre’ana Strantz, also a resident of Ukiah and veteran actress for Middletown Repertory Theater.  Sarah’s  love interest, Jack, is played by local police officer Juan Altamirano.

Joining the cast in the other starring role of Madam Vajra, is Lake County Theater Company’s  own Laura Barnes who plays  a psychic medium hired by Sarah on Mother’s Day to perform an exorcism.  Mrs. Barnes brings to the production an extensive and impressive 15 year theatrical background  in many successful LCTC local productions.

One of the many highlights of this type of “immersive theater” as Director Bice calls it, is an ensemble  who will be performing comic improvisation as servers and guests  in an imaginary restaurant.  “The last time we created a restaurant”, said Bice, “people called for reservations months after the show closed to go to this place that never existed!”

Bice is a graduate of UCLA’s prestigious School of Theatre, Film and Television, and is known locally for his unusual avant-garde theatrical productions.  His new film company Savant Garde, Inc. is working in association with Lake FRC to raise money for Meals on Wheels.  “Mother May I?” is the winner of a playwrights’ festival and was performed originally to standing ovations at the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa.

“When I won, I was excited, but I wasn’t allowed to cast the play or be at any rehearsals,” said Bice.  “I’m grateful to the Executive Director, Lisa Morrow, and everyone at Lake Family Resource Center for letting me be part of that creative process.”

About the Cast and Crew

The ensemble cast has rehearsed comic improvisational skills each week and is enthusiastic about exploring their new skills in the  upcoming performances.  The supporting cast will be Cindy Jasser, Lillie Bowers, Richard Crow, Margie Loesch, and Amirah Jasser.  Production Coordinator, Alicia Adams, had this to say: “I just think the community needs this right now, and I’m so excited to see all this talent come together for such a good cause!” 

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