by Zona Gale, A comedy of American mannersAug 14 2013 - Sep 13 2013
Word for Word is honored to have won two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle awards for In Friendship in the under 100 seat category: for Entire Production as well as Laura Hazlett for Costume Design.
"'Friendship' seems to transcend its existence as well-wrought theater to include us in a moving celebration of life."—Robert Hurwitt, SF Gate
"Here we thought Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart were giving a master class in the fine art of the theater. Turns out there’s an equally good master class happening at Z Below...the geniuses (genii?) behind Word for Word are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a sharp-tongued, warmhearted show called In Friendship..."—Chad Jones, Theatre Dogs
Word for Word invites you along to celebrate their 20th anniversary, as the entire Charter Group performs together for the first time ever. In the small town of Friendship, where social custom and obligation rule the day, the members of the Married Ladies Cemetery Improvement Sodality are as suspicious of the shifting of social order as they are of the coming of electricity, and telephones, and the town's new surgeon. Newly arrived in Friendship, a writer from the city seeking the isolation and refuge of small town life finds herself instead thrust into the center of Friendship's social intrigue. The stories explore both a year in the town of Friendship Village and the idea of friendship itself.
August 22nd - A celebration of Zona Gale's 139th birthday. Join us after the show for Sunshine cupcakes (and Gin)!
August 25th - A post-show discussion with the Word for Word company
September 4th - Tobias Wolff, renowned author of This Boy's Life, Old School, The Night in Question, and others, joins Artistic Directors Susan Harloe and JoAnne Winter on stage for a post-show discussion and a "word for word"...Wolff (six of whose stories Word for Word has performed to critical and popular acclaim) will talk about his relationship with Word for Word, writing, and the short story. Tickets are going fast...!
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