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Henry and Alice: Before the Sequel

With the Minnesota Fringe Festival revving up, it seems apt that Park Square Theatre will soon afterwards start its 2017-2018 season with Henry and Alice: Into the Wild. It is Canadian playwright Michele Riml’s sequel to Sexy Laundry, which got its start in the 2002 Vancouver Fringe Festival, ultimately playing at regional theatres across Canada as well as being produced in Great Britain, Germany, South Africa and the United States. Sexy Laundry played on our Proscenium Stage, proving to be a smash hit during Park Square’s 2014-2015 season. Although both laugh-out-loud comedies are centered around the plight of spouses Henry and Alice, each play can be seen as a standalone. It’s not necessary to have seen Sexy Laundry first.

For those who’d missed its Park Square production, Sexy Laundry is about a middle-aged couple trying to put some romantic spark back into their 25-year marriage with a weekend getaway at a fancy hotel, sans their three children. Henry really doesn’t want to be there; he’d rather keep the status quo. But Alice is revved to go, arming them with a copy of Sex for Dummies for inspiration. Although a comedy, Sexy Laundry also reveals the serious undertones within the relationship of old-marrieds.

In April 2012, Riml continued the story of the longtime couple in Henry and Alice: Into the Wild, which also became an international hit. This time, the pair try to reinvigorate their marriage through a low-budget camping trip, foregoing their usual summer cottage in order to reduce costs after Henry has lost his job of 30 years. With a copy of Camping for Dummies in tow, they are ready to rough it and continue to navigate life’s unexpected challenges together.

In an interview with Nick Miliokas for Backstage at the Globe, Riml cited a camping trip with a high school friend in North Vancouver and their sons as the inspiration for Henry and Alice: Into the Wild. Although the trip ended well, the first day was horrendous with a trailer refusing to shift gear into reverse and a ferocious windstorm that caused them to ditch their tent to sleep in the car.  (Source: “Camping adventure inspired Henry And Alice: Into the Wild writer Michele Riml, January 14, 2013, globetheatreregina.wordpress.com).

Park Square Theatre’s production of Henry and Alice: Into the Wild will be its American premiere. Sexy Laundry’s director, Mary Finnerty, returns to direct this sequel. John Middleton reprises his role as Henry, and Carolyn Pool plays Alice. Melanie Wehrmacher plays Alice’s sister, Diana.

So come on out and camp with us anytime between September 15 and October 22. In the dark with just the stage lights glowing, we’ll tell you a story that will make you laugh hard enough to need to hold it in your seats.

 

Sexy Laundry

Charity Jones and John Middleton as Alice and Henry in Sexy Laundry during our 2014-2015 season
(photo by Petronella J. Ytsma)

 

Calendar Girls: Featuring Charity Jones

As part of our ongoing Meet the Cast of Calendar Girls Blog Series, let us introduce you to Charity Jones:

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ROLE:  Chris, 50s

AS DESCRIBED IN PLAYWRIGHT TIM FIRTH’S SCRIPT:

You want Chris at your party.  She will talk to people she doesn’t know, find things to say to fill silences and generate laughter.  Part of this is because Chris is at home in crowds, holding court, being the centre of attention.  Without Chris in her life, [her best friend] Annie would be better behaved, her life less fun.  The two are like naughty schoolgirls.  Ideal car—who cares, as long as it’s a cabriolet.  Ideal holiday—Algarve.

DIRECTOR MARY FINNERTY’S COMMENT:

Charity Jones is one of the most committed and technically and emotionally gifted actors that I have ever worked with.  She establishes the moment and refines it, but each time she performs the moment, it seems like the first time.

QUESTION FOR CHARITY:

Chris is the rebel/ringleader on the group.  I admired that she is a woman of action.  Of course, she also has her flaws.  What was the most difficult part of playing her?

In the words of the playwright, Tim Firth, “Chris is at home in crowds, holding court, being the centre of attention.”  Yikes!  Chris and I are polar opposites!  So I worry a lot that I won’t be believable as the life of the party.  Fortunately, my stellar cast mates really help me sell it by behaving as if my Chris is the most hilarious, magnetic presence in the room.

CAST BACKGROUND:

Park Square Sexy Laundry, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and the Suicide Club, The Sisters Rosensweig  Representative Theatre Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theater, Jungle Theater, History Theatre

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