Shattered Family Drama Don't Forget to Remember at the Lounge Theatre
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It was a very small theater. Cozy for sure. The play was awesome!! There were only 3 actors but they made it look like there was a cast of 20. There was not a dry eye in the audience. The play dealt with ALzeimers disease and the strugles family...continued
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“Parker is an earnest and sincere writer…the fine efforts of a capable cast and Kiff Scholl’s mostly excellent direction." —LA Weekly
“A Superbly acted drama…performances that were as compelling as they were visceral…a touching, intimate, yet simply story.” —LA Splash
“Bold and intelligent…This is a play that really hits home.” —Accessibilty Live
Don’t Forget to Remember is a controversial, powerful, tender new work that deals with two of society’s most compelling issues. Andrew Baker, a university English professor and prolific poet, and his wife, Dolores, a conservative Catholic, have been happily married for decades. One day, the two are faced with a life-shattering change and are forced to make a decision no one should ever have to make. As we go on a journey with this family, watching their lives unravel, we see true human nature at both its best and worst.
As if impending catastrophic events weren’t enough, the Bakers’ situation is further complicated by their relationship with their beautiful adult daughter, Sarah. Sarah is a dedicated physician who wants to marry her life partner. Andrew positively dotes on Sarah. Dolores, however, vehemently rejects her daughter, considering Sarah’s relationship with her partner to be a sin against God.
Eventually, Dolores will go to her priest for guidance. What will he tell her? Will she ever be able to reconcile with her daughter? How far will Dolores go to comply with the wishes of the only man she’s ever loved?
Can the Bakers become a real family again before the onrush of imminent events pushes them beyond the edge of no return?
Don’t Forget to Remember_ was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Stanley Drama Award and the Kernodle New Play Competition, and was awarded honorable mention in the renowned Writer’s Digest Writing Competition.
Playwright Patricia Parker was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she began her career as an actor, working in theatre and co-starring in four prime-time TV series and various national commercials. She wrote her first play, People Like Us, while earning her MFA from USC. She has written several plays since.
Kiff Scholl directs. He is director of the current show at Theatre of N.O.T.E., Kill Me, Deadly, won a Garland Award for La Bete at Sacred Fools, was nominated for an L.A. Weekly Award for A Mulholland Christmas Carol, and directed This Contract Reads Our Liability—-Read It!, Tenant, Sona Tera Roman Hess, much more.
The cast of Don’t Forget to Remember includes Shelly Kurtz (the recent acclaimed Land of the Tigers at Sacred Fools and tons of other theatre credits, plus a recurring role on Knots Landing_); Trudy Forbes (_Cell Phone Funeral, A Lie of the Mind, I Capture the Castle, and the new film Autodoc_); and Lisa Clifton (_Spring Dance, The Holy Mother of Hadley, New York, An Evening of Elaine May and Mike Nichols, and the upcoming film directed by Kiff Scholl, Scream of the Bikini).
Don’t Forget to Remember deals with multiple important contemporary issues, handling them with the immediacy of a thunderclap.
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