A Humorous Look at Navigating Relationships on the High-Seas

Stage 88 presents its second production of the 2016-2017 season: Separate Beds, a dramatic comedy by MJ Cruise, to be performed at the Gord Paynter Theatre this May.  

Ernie (played by Rick Toews) and Twink (Valerie Harrison) are in the autumn of their lives. In celebration of their thirtieth wedding anniversary, the couple’s children send them on a Caribbean cruise. Free of chores and children, Ernie and Twink are wined, dined and introduced to exciting people. When they meet the rich, seductive Blake (James Binkley, with the permission of Canada Actor’s Equity Association) and Beth (Kristen Wilson), who still seem to have the perfect life together after ten years of marriage, Twink becomes infatuated with the glamour of the other couple’s lives and seeks to reignite the spark in her own marriage.

Separate Beds looks at marriage from the inside and out. Between the cabin and the dining room, we get to see conflict in the public and private demonstrations of a relationship. Ernie and Twink teach us about the danger in taking your spouse for granted and Beth and Blake show that a glossy surface may well be hiding a great disconnect. Respect ultimately wins the day and all four characters learn what it takes to make a marriage sizzle.

Director Mindy Forrester quips “I am grateful to Stage 88 for giving me the opportunity to sit on the other side of the table and direct this talented group of actors. Coming to this project from an actor’s perspective, I have, like the characters in the play, discovered that the grass isn’t always greener. Decisions on sets, lighting, costumes, and marketing can be tough for a first-time director, thankfully I have had great support from this company.”

Through partnership with Grand River Cruises (Caledonia, ON,) a spectacular door-prize of a dinner cruise for four will be presented to one of our lucky patrons! Separate Beds will be staged at the Gord Paynter Theatre at North Park Collegiate, 280 North Park Street, Brantford, ON, May 11-13th at 8pm. Tickets are $18 each, available in advance on Stage 88’s website (new site being launched mid-April), or by cash sale from The Brantford Bookworm, 331 Brant Ave., or at the door (cash only).

Stage 88 is a not for profit Brantford-based community theatre company that enriches and entertains by providing superior theatrical experience through creative community involvement.  Stage 88 began the 2016-2017 season with The Most Massive Woman Wins.  Other productions,  On Golden Pond, August: Osage County and Calendar Girls were at the Sanderson Centre.  Stage 88 will kick-off their 2017 season with One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, presented October 5-7th at the Sanderson Centre.SB Poster

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