WCT performs again at the Steamer Co. Firehouse,117 Main Street Ossining, NY
A Short Walk into Sunshine
Written & directed by Joe Albert Lima
Starring: Stephen Allen, Keith Bulluck, Maiysha Jones and Tracey McAllister
November 6 – 28th
For four consecutive weekends beginning Friday, November 6th, and running through Saturday, November 28th, Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) presents its fall mainstage production, the world premiere of A Short Walk Into Sunshine, a stirring and provocative full-length play written and directed by Joe Albert Lima that tackles themes of destiny, chance, race relations and long-seated sibling rivalries having paradoxical power to both destroy and heal.
Says Lima, “This is a play about last chances it tells the story of KC, a man who’s been battling mental illness in and out of institutions for most of his 39-years; his tense relationship with his sister, Sarah and her ex- husband, Max, himself frustrated by a string of failures and Peaches, a newfound love KC discovers while in a psychiatric hospital. Peaches is a young woman struggling to find a way to survive society’s stigma and her own inner demons. All four try, sometimes in vain, sometimes with success, to make the short walk into sunshine hidden behind the clouds.”
Alan Lutwin, executive director of WCT says, “We chose this play among numerous submissions because of its unique ability to captivate through a mix pathos and generous doses of humor while expressing itself through a lyrical use of language. While the context is specific, the message is universal. We know that it will resonate strongly with our audiences they’ll be talking about it long after the curtain falls. We are proud to have A Short Walk Into Sunshine make its debut with WCT.”
A Short Walk Into Sunshine will be performed at the Steamer Co. Firehouse Theater, 117 Main St., 2nd Floor in Ossining, NY on Fridays November 6, 13, 20 and 27 and Saturdays, November 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 8pm; matinees will run Sundays, November 8, 15 and 22 at 3pm. Sunday matinees will be followed by a talkback session with the playwright/director and cast. There is a special performance on Thursday, November 19 at 8 pm. Advance purchase tickets are $20 through Brown Paper Tickets; all tickets are general admission. All tickets for November 6 opening night which includes an after party, are $35.
Discounts are available.
Lima, an actor, playwright, and director and a member of WCT since its start in 2010, is the author of A Clean Shoot?, a one-act play that appeared in the Samuel French/Love Creek One Act Play Festival in 2003 and has been produced in several venues in New York. Other writing credits include, a screenplay, A Matter of the Truth, a two-time Honorable Mention recipient in the America’s Best Screenplay Competition; and Silent Witness, twice produced by the New Jerusalem Players. He has directed over 20 plays in the New York metropolitan area including, most recently, the multiple award-winning Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage, A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller at Elmwood Playhouse and Radio Gulf by August Wilson at Shades Repertory Theater. His acting credits include over 50 regional appearances including such favorite roles as Hoke in the Crown Players production of Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry and Gabe in Elmwood Playhouse’s Fences by August Wilson. Lima directed several one-act plays for WCT including Take One For The Team and Excess Baggage both by Carol Marks.
The cast includes WCT members Steve Allen, Keith Bullock Maiysha Jones and Tracey McAllister.
The Westchester Collaborative Theater is a multicultural, cooperative theater company located in Ossining, NY, dedicated to developing new work for the stage and bringing live theater to our community. We are local playwrights, actors, and directors who employ a Lab approach in which new stage works are nurtured through an iterative process of readings, critiques, and rewrites. When work is ready for production, it is produced for the public at various local venues.
WCT is committed to furthering theater arts in our community. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and a recipient of production grants from ArtsWestchester and New York State Council on the Arts. For more information about the play and WCT, go to our website: www.wctheater.org