Theatre Conspiracy’s Production of "Becky’s New Car" Cruises to Sanibel at Herb Strauss Theater

Theatre Conspiracy’s production of "Becky’s New Car" drives into BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater for an eight-night encore run, November 13 – 20. Playwright Steven Dietz's comedy spins a tale about the detours we make on the road to happiness.
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Oct. 12, 2012 - PRLog -- BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater, the only professional theater on Sanibel, drives in the 2012-2013 live theater season with Theatre Conspiracy’s production of Becky’s New Car,  this show runs November 13 – 20.

The Herb Strauss season includes Miriam Margolyes in Dickens’ Women (December 4 – 9), Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings (December 17 – 31), Monty Python’s Spamalot (January 11 – February 16), The Marvelous Wonderettes (February 22 – March 23), Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle (February 24 – March 10), and Fully Committed (March 29 – April 27). Live theater information is at

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’s New Car is the story of an “everyday” person—a married, middle-aged mom. Becky isn’t exactly unhappy, but from her desk at a car dealership, she can’t help wanting to know what else is out there. Intrigued by the excitement and glamour of a wealthy man’s attention, Becky goes along for the ride on a journey of comic twists and turns as she test-drives a new life.
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.

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. Scott Thompson, Jordan Wilson, Martin Hastings and Nancy Antonio return to the cast, with the role of the Foster’s daughter now being played by Brittany Albury.

Performances of Becky’s New Car are 8 p.m. November 13 – 17, 19 and 20, and a 4 p.m. matinée November 18. Tickets are $28, Child 17 and Under $15.
Becky’s New Car is supported by Herb Strauss Theater Season Sponsor The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company 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.

Details about our upcoming season as well as general information about our venues, can be found online through our website,
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; or log on to
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