McCarter Theatre Center Presents the World Premiere of All the Days
The new play provides the capstone of McCarter Theatre's 2015/2016 Theater Series.
With her health declining, Long Island native, Ruth, is forced to relocate to Philadelphia and take up residence with her grown daughter, Miranda. Miranda, in turn, moved to Philadelphia to start a new life for herself, but the arrival of her mother isn't the only complication she encounters. As she tries desperately to plan her son's bar mitzvah, an assortment of family members come through the door including Ruth's sister, ex-husband, a new love interest, and Miranda's boyfriend. As they all come together in one place, it remains to be seen if any of them will make it out alive. This perspective on the modern Jewish-American family is at turns hilarious and heartfelt and asks audience to experience the pain and pleasures of family.
The brand new play by Sharyn Rothstein is directed by McCarter Theatre Center's artistic director and resident playwright, Emily Mann and features Caroline Aaron as Ruth Zweigman, Leslie Ayvazian as Monica Tobin, Justin Hagan as Stew Mullen, Stephanie Janssen as Miranda Blaser, Rahael Nash Thompson as Baptiste Wright, Ron Orbach as Delmore Zweigman, and Matthew Kuenne as Jared Blaser.
"All the Days was my first introduction to Sharyn's work and I laughed out loud reading her fiercely funny characters, exquisitely wrought, struggling with dilemmas at once heartbreaking and hilarious," said Mann. "Sharyn's talent lies not only in her biting dialogue, but also in her ability to infuse her characters and story with depth and humanity. The mother-daughter relationship at the core of the play is both bitterly critical and deeply moving. I can't wait for our audiences to see it."
The creative team includes Dan Ostling (set design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Mark Bennett (original music and sound design), and Cheryl Mintz (stage manager).
Performances will run through May 29.