Todd Mountain Theater Project hosts Cecelia's Last Tea Party
How does a young girl adapt and adjust to the disappearance of her parents when a new regime takes over on a Pacific Rim Island? How do our intelligence, imagination and faith enable us to survive and gain strength when our worlds become unrecognizable?
“Cecilia’s Last Tea Party” by Russell Davis, making its New York debut at The Roxbury Arts Group, will show us how one spunky preteen struggles with these questions. Part Alice in Wonderland and part coming of age story, it will take audiences on a wonderfully theatrical, mysterious, humorous and moving ride.
Playwright Russell Davis has been produced nationwide at theaters including Mark Taper Forum, Center Stage, The Humana Festival, Long Wharf and Yale Rep. He is a past member of New Dramatists.
Directing is Rebecca Lynn Brown whose credits include productions at La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theater, and The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis. She shares a home with her husband actor Boris McGiver and their one-year-old daughter in West Fulton. She says, “I love this play. The action takes place on unstable ground in a world where the tectonic plates have shifted and everything has changed. At the center of this world is a young girl who in the face of tremendous loss and uncertainty, attempts to ride out the changes and create some semblance of order for herself.”
The production will incorporate music, dance and other surprises. The cast is stellar. Ching Valdes-Aran, who doubles as choreographer, has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway and in numerous films and television series. Pun Bandhu appeared in the film Michael Clayton and in theater productions at Yale Rep, SoHo Rep and The Williamstown Festival. Christine Toy Johnson has appeared on Broadway, numerous films and has also co-starred on TV in “Law and Order” and other series. Erin Hampe, who stars as Cecilia, has appeared in productions at the Guthrie Theater and The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis.
Performances are at The Roxbury Arts Group from August 7-10 and August 14-17. All performances are at 8 p.m., except for the Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18. For information and reservations call 607 326-7908 or go to www.tmtp.org.