Sheila Cowley to attend opening of STAY in Charleston
Playwright Sheila Cowley attends opening of STAY at South of Broadway Theatre
“Watching an eye surgeon, who is the central character, take step after step over the line to hold onto the man she loves makes for a disturbing look into how love can take dark turns” – James Rayfield via New Play Exchange
Stay is a modern thriller that brings to mind elements of Stephen King’s Misery in an Alfred Hitchcock atmosphere.
South of Broadway is thrilled to stage Sheila Cowleys’ suspense and to have her attend opening weekend. Cowley has an aptitude for language and her use of it in STAY evokes the comforts of a 20 year relationship; questions answered before they are fully asked, the shorthand of gesture and the roll of familiar conversation with all its’ interruptions. The way Cowley brings the characters to life makes it all the more unsettling when the action escalates.
Ms. Cowley will attend the Friday Feb 23rd performance of STAY and be available at the post-show champagne toast Meet and Greet. South of Broadway is also pleased to host Cowley on Sunday Feb. 25th from 10 -11:30am on “Some of the Business of Playwrighting”, as she shares her expertise in a workshop offering insights for writers on her path to success, available resources, and how-tos of the business.
Sheila Cowley is a playwright and audio producer based in St. Petersburg FL. Her family’s roots are in Charleston. Stay is her first play, developed in Florida and produced only once before, outside Austin. Her play, Flying, about women pilots in WWII after they’re sent home to get back to normal, was produced in upstate NY and Tampa Bay last year and featured in new play festivals in Chicago, Austin, London and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Sheila’s working now on scripts that combine text, movement and visual art. Member, Dramatists Guild, Chicago Dramatists Network, New Play Exchange.
STAY is directed by Daniel Hall Kuhn, Equity Actor and SOBTC staff member. Daniel directed dual comedies “Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lone Star” and has appeared in many productions at SOBTC including, BURN THIS, and most recently in BLACK COMEDY. Veteran actor of SOBTC Kristen Kos plays the lead, Leeanne. Kos is an Equity Actor most recently seen in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival production of Lauren Gunderson’s EMILIE. The Post and Courier, CHS SC said “Commanded the stage from the beginning…” “Kos’ emotional, powerful performance fully engaged the audience…” Kristen Kos is also the Artistic Director of SOBTC.
Joining the cast is Linda Gish as Sandra, David Moon as Mark each making their SOBTC debut, and Rob Maniscalco as Ben. Rob is an actor, teacher and well know portrait artist. He has previously worked with SOBTC before in Sisters Rosensweig.
Performance dates are: February 22, 23, 24, March 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10 at 7:30 and February 25 and March 4 at 3pm. Tickets are $25.00 per person. PURCHASE HERE
All performances are at South of Broadway Theatre Company in trendy Park Circle at 1080 E. Montague Avenue