Adapted by Ricky Graham and Running with Scissors and directed by ensemble member Stevie Love
L’IMITATION OF LIFE
In this hilarious parody of the 1959 film Imitation of Life, Lana Turner is a determined white widow and single mother with aspirations of becoming a Broadway sensation. When Lana meets Annie Johnson, a struggling single African-American mother, the two team up and take on the world as Lana does “whatever it takes” to make it in show business – while Annie takes care of the homestead and raises both daughters. The two women face insurmountable challenges led by their daughters. There’s the blonde, perky and “so white it’s frightening” Suzie, daughter of Lana Turner, and the raven-haired rebellious light-skinned beauty, Sara Jane, daughter of Annie. Sara Jane learns the hard truth about acceptance and the color of your skin – especially when she tries to ‘pass’ as white.”
CAST & CREW
Pictured (top, l to r): Katherine Bellantone, Chazie Bly, Ashley J. Hicks and Ed Jones. (bottom, l to r), Allison Petrillo, Chase Wheaton-Werle and Robert Williams.
Ed Jones - Lana Turner
Robert Williams - Annie Johnson
Chazie Bly - Steve Martin
Katherine Bellantone - Suzie Turner
Ashley J. Hicks - Sara Jane Johson
Allison Petrillo & Chase Wheaton-Werle round out the cast as various characters.
The production team for L’IMITATION OF LIFE includes: Samantha Gribben (scenic design), Garry Nocco (costume design), Rachel Lake (lighting design), Sebby Woldt (sound design), Keith Ryan (wig design), Sydney Genco (make-up design), Adrian Hadlock (props design), Lana Whittington (violence coordinator) and AJ Wright (production manager).