The Depot Theater Company is going to attempt to make you cry this week when the romantic-drama, Moonglow curtains on Thursday.
According to director Cary Droste, Moonglow involves two Alzheimer’s patients, Maxine and Joe, who start a romantic relationship that is based entirely on their delusions.
"While in their delusional states they perceive each other to be their former spouses when they were young," Droste said. "This causes conflict with their grown children.
"The play deals with not only Maxine and Joe but also with how their children cope with them and try to understand the disease that affects them.
"It’s a romantic-drama with real life comedy thrown in.
"It’s definitely a tear jerker at times that doesn’t flinch when dealing with raw emotions."
Originally Droste was eyeing another production for the winter schedule with the play, Same Time Next Year, however those plans had to be changed when the company who owns Same Time Next Year did not allow for its use.
"For reasons not explained to us, the company refused to allow us to do the show at the last minute," Droste said. "Since this production is during Valentines Day, I was in need of a romantic comedy and Moonglow popped up on a search.
"The name sparked my interest and after reading it I felt I could make it work.
"Wether I did or not we shall see."
There will be a cast of seven as well as a crew of seven with Droste working with most of the players for the first time.
"This play truly comes from the heart," he said. "While I, personally, have never dealt with Alzheimer’s in my life, many of the cast have so they bring that experience with them.
"This play deals with the guilt we all have felt when making decisions involving our loved ones, the joy of being in love, questions what actually constitutes love, the pain of loss and the humor in everyday life."
The lobby and bar open at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week with the theater doors opening at 6:15 p.m. and the curtain at 7:30 p.m. Sunday is matinee only with the lobby and bar opening at noon, theater doors at 12:45 p.m. and the curtain at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $55 for dinner and the show or $40 for the show only.
Reservations for tickets can be made by calling 620-225-1001 or by visiting the purchase tickets page at depottheaterco.com.
The production returns for its run on Feb. 8-11.
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