Hopewell premieres local playwrights

Hopewell Theatre will premiere two one-act plays by local writers on Friday.

“An Evening of One Acts” will include “Astrid; or, My Swedish Mama” by Anita G. Gorman and “Dad’s Tale” by Terry Shears.

“Astrid” is inspired by Gorman’s mother, a strong, brave and funny woman who came to the United States from Sweden in 1924 to train to be a registered nurse. Astrid’s difficulties with the English language often led to hilarity. Her difficulty in accepting her half-brother troubled her. The play is described as both funny and bittersweet.

Gorman plays her mother in the Hopewell production, and her daughter, Ingrid M. Gorman, plays Anita in a production co-directed by Pat Vidis and Marlene Strollo.

“Dad’s Tale” tells the story of a sometimes funny, often exasperating relationship between a father and son. The son struggles to understand and relate to his father, and the show switches back and forth between Alex as a young teen dealing with his father in the 1980s and as a 40-something adult in the present day, when his father is in his 80s with deteriorating health and living in a nursing home.

Teenage Alex is portrayed by Carter Monroe and his father is played by Carl Brockway. In the later scenes, grown-up Alex is played by Frank Martin and the father is played by Tom O’Donnell. The production is directed by Sam Luptak Jr.

“An Evening of One Acts” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday through March 10 and 2 p.m. March 11 at the Hopewell Theatre, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. For reservations or more information, call 330-746-5455.

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