Before We're Gone
is the story of a Pulitzer-winning playwright, screenwriter and outspoken political activist who has disappeared from her high-profile life in New York, Hollywood and the tabloids to hide under an assumed name in a secluded seaside motel in Santa Barbara, Calif. She's surprised by an unexpected visit from a man with whom she had a brief relationship 25 years earlier, when she was 36 and at the height of her Broadway fame. He was naive, 20, and studying to be a Catholic priest. They met during the 1950's in Reno's famous art deco Mapes Hotel, where she was staying for her six-weeks divorce, and he was working in the hotel while on sabbatical from the Franciscan Order, struggling to resolve doubts about the priesthood and himself. Over the last 25 years, they have not seen each other nor spoken. The play stars Leenya Rideout, whose Broadway credits include War Horse
and Cyrano de Bergerac
. Also starring is John Zdrojeski, who has appeared in numerous regional productions. See this new play by Jerry Small at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre in New York City.