Cambria Center for the Arts opens its 2018 theater season this weekend with a staged reading of “Ripcord,” a new play by David Lindsey-Abair that’s directed by Jean Miller.
“Ripcord” plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, and twice Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. There is no Sunday performance. Wine will be served before the show and at intermission.
According to a CCAT news release, the play “takes a hilarious look at relationships in the fictional Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility. Two roommates in tight quarters make a seemingly harmless bet that takes them down uncomfortable roads that end in a punchline. “
Dottie Thompson and Zandi Peters play the roommates, heading a cast that also features Ben Abbott, Jonathan Shadrach, Dawn Doherty and Sean McCallon.
Staged readings are presented using scripts with minimal or no sets, costumes or props.
Tickets are $10 and available at brownpapertickets.com or the box office. Cambria Center for the Arts is at 1350 Main St., in the Old Cambria Grammar School.
By the Sea Productions presents Paul Elliot’s play “Exit Laughing” through March 4 at St. Peter’s By the Sea Episcopal Church in Morro Bay.
Lisa Woske, who runs marketing and public relations for Cal Poly Arts, directs a cast that includes Janice Peters, Marilyn Blake, Jennifer Blomfield, Nicole Cortese and Greg DiMartini.
According to a news release, the theater company’s season-opening show “has been described as ‘Steel Magnolias’ meets ‘Golden Girls’.”
“At the play’s gentle core are three lifelong friends who are facing the loss of their ‘fourth musketeer.’ ‘Exit Laughing’ is about embracing life and living it to the fullest so that when the time comes, one exits through the joy of having spent a life well-lived.