April is upon us, but don’t miss Greetings! a comedy by Tom Dudzick, which is being performed by the Washington Street Players at 8 p.m. on April 4th and 5th (as well as March 28th and 29th). Described as a play that “entertains while recognizing a spirituality in the midst of chaos,” Greetings is directed by Karen Dinehart and produced by Sue Ann Czotter.
Greetings, set in Pittsburgh, presents a cast of five. The lead role is Phil Gorski, played by Jim Glidden, of Holliston.
“Phil is sort of an Archie Bunker type character, a devout Catholic, very grumpy,” says Dinehart. “He’s in his 60s, a former professional baseball player, has two sons, one of whom has special needs.”
Phil is married to Emily Gorski, whom Dinehart describes as “a typical at-home mother, very maternal and caring, who bustles around the house, cooks, cleans, and is pretty fed up with her husband’s antics.” Charlene “Chip” Winslow, of Millis, plays Emily.
Brad Walker plays their oldest son, Andy.
“Brad was also in our last production of Proposals,” says Dinehart. “He’s from Hopkinton. His character is a sort of a regular guy, in advertising, who comes home for Christmas to visit parents, unwillingly, but he’s bringing home a girlfriend.”
That girlfriend is character Randi Stein, who Dinehart describes as a sort of outsider, played by Alecia Thomas, from Holliston. “She’s an Atheist, actually Jewish, but that doesn’t bother (the parents). The fact that she’s Atheist bothers them,” says Dinehart.
The other Gorski son is “Michael,” or “Mickey,” played by Nate Callahan, of Milford.
“Nate was also in our last production as well. His character has special needs. He doesn’t really speak very much, so part of the play revolves around him, and something miraculous happens with him in the play,” says Dinehart.
The script, says the director, is funny in places, but it’s also sometimes serious, with some poignant moments.
“Overall, I’d describe it as a cross between “All in the Family” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,’” says Dinehart. “It’s about family dynamics, family relationships and also how they all deal with faith. It’s kind of a beautiful story that in end brings them all together.”
In addition to the current play, WSP is going through some changes of its own, says Dinehart.
“Washington Street Players has a board of six people, and we’re losing one of our long-time members who is going to be moving this year,” says Dinehart. “The whole groups’ going to really miss having her. We wanted the community to know we need more people involved on the board and making decisions.” Dinehart adds that there’s always help needed with lighting and other aspects of backstage, as well as acting. “I know there’s people out there, we just need to reach out,” she says.
Washington Street Players is planning a murder mystery dinner theatre in the fall, at the Glen Ellen Country club. A director is needed for that production.
This time around, Washington Street Players’ production is taking place at the Holliston Senior Center 150 Goulding Street, a switch that occurred due to scheduling conflicts.
“(The Holliston Senior Center) has been very, very accommodating and helpful,” says Dinehart. “It’s going to be a very nice atmosphere.”
For tickets, $18 adults, $15 seniors, visit Coffee Haven or call Larry at (508) 429-7611. You may also purchase tickets by credit card at http://www.wsplayers.net/.