Theatre Conspiracy’s 2011 production of Becky’s New Car crosses the Causeway from Fort Myers and drives into BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater for an eight-night encore run. Laced with adult humor, playwright Steven Dietz spins a touching tale about the detours we make on the road to happiness. Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage — with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works. Becky is offered nothing short of a new life … and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare. Becky’s New Car is an original comedy with serious overtones, a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.
Becky’s New Car has a unique back-story of how the play was brought to life. Seattle realtor Charles Staadecker met a woman who had commissioned a tuba concerto from the Seattle Symphony in memory of her husband. Staadecker was looking for a “major” gift to give his theater-loving wife Benita for her 60th birthday, so he brought the idea to A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) where Benita Staadecker was a Trustee. ACT worked with award-winning playwright Steven Dietz to create the play, which premiered at ACT in 2008. Dietz said he was inspired by the idea of a “regular” person having a double life. The Staadeckers were thrilled with the result of their commission, (they placed no restrictions on Dietz in his writing), and went on to travel with the show, speaking to audiences to encourage people to support the arts. In 2009, Becky’s New Car was one of six finalists for the prestigious Steinberg New Play Award given by the American Theatre Critics Association. The Staadeckers will be doing a talk-back at the Herb Strauss Theater after Becky’s New Car’s closing night performance on Tuesday, November 20.
Lauren Drexler reprises her role as Becky Foster in Theatre Conspiracy’s production of Becky’s New Car, with the role of Becky’s husband now being played by Scott Carpenter. Nancy Antonio, Brittany Albury, Charles Greer, Taylor Hale, and Scott Thompson are also in the cast.
Performances of Becky’s New Car are 8 p.m. November 13 – 17, 19, and 20, and a 4 p.m. matinée November 18. Opening Night Reception, 7 p.m. Thursday, November 13. Tickets are $28, Child 17 and Under $15. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.bigarts.org/
Becky’s New Car is supported by Herb Strauss Theater Season Sponsor The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company http://www.sancaptrustco.com and Show Sponsor Linda & John Kramer.
BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater is located at 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. Groups of 10 or more are now eligible to take advantage of Herb Strauss Theater’s group discount rates for all shows, prices range from $25 to $36 per ticket. Groups of 50 or more receive a greater discounted ticket price.
Call Jason Boeckman at (239) 472-9700, Ext. 308 for Group Discount Rates for each show. Additional matinée performances may also be added at the special request of groups with large numbers.
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To learn more about these productions and BIG ARTS events, membership and workshops, stop by BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel; call (239) 395-0900; e-mail info@BIGARTS.org; or log on to www.BIGARTS.org.