A Brownswan Production

of

THE LADY SWIMS TODAY

By H.G. BROWN

www.TheLadySwimsToday.com

 

Richmond Shepard Theatre, 309 E. 26th St. at 2nd Ave. NYC

February 7 - 18, 2007

 

Producer/Director HOWARD G. BROWN

Stage Manager RICHARD PETER INDELICATO, II

Scene Designer KIRK LARSEN

Lighting Designer BRETT MAUGHAN

Costume Designer LORI SANTORO

Publicity Directors ERIC SANDERS/JEFFREY SCHULMAN

 

Starring

Eddie Hajazi – Robert Funaro

Harley Davis – Jack Rodgerson

George Santos – Gordon Silva

Mal Peters – William Fowle

Beverly Sharon Peters – Carol Brooks

Joyce Stevens – Maureen Van Zandt

Alice Bender – Kelli K. Barnett

H.G. Brown’s THE LADY SWIMS TODAY is a drama about some small time players who get into a big stakes game of piracy. Set in 1984 at a motel on the Chesapeake Bay, the action is spurred by revenge, greed, and dreams of a better life.

The leader of the pack is Eddie Hajazi. His mission is personal, and all he awaits is the coded phrase, THE LADY SWIMS TODAY, to set his plan in motion. He seeks to take two million dollars from some former business associates who will be entering the area on a boat. Initially, he pairs himself with a wannabe sailor, Harley Davis. Trouble is, neither of these guys, although planning a heist at sea, has had foresight enough to purchase a compass. They have, however, made the move to enlist the aid of some skilled seamen. Enter Mal Peters, a one-time bad boy and current owner of the Carney Hook Marina Motel, and George Santos, a cook at the motel with dreams of owning a boat of his own. Rounding out the cast of characters, there is Beverly Sharon Peters, Mal’s wife, who has big dreams for their motel, Beverly’s friend Joyce, a writer who is visiting, and Harley’s lady-friend Alice, who shows up unexpectedly.

Howard G. Brown’s direction keeps THE LADY SWIMS TODAY moving, though the action takes a bit of time to get going at the beginning. The set makes sufficient use of the intimate performance space, and the actors are right on pace with the plot. The story itself is pretty standard fare, but curious theatergoers will be reasonably intrigued and entertained. Fans of HBO’s The Sopranos may want to attend for the chance to see series regulars Robert Funaro and Maureen Van Zandt up close, personal, and at the center of the action.

- Kessa De Santis -

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