By Marcy Stamper
A contemporary comedy that provides a authentic and affecting take on modern life will be performed as readers’ theater this weekend at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp.
Snapshots, a play by Cynthia Mercati, tells the story of three women as they move through the decades. The play, directed by Jane Orme, casts six local women in the roles, with two actors depicting each woman as her younger and older self.
“I like the way it’s constructed and its message,” said Orme. “It feels very real and not contrived.”
Snapshots lends itself well to readers’ theater, which is not staged and where actors use scripts, because it includes a montage of monologues and scenes and doesn’t rely as much on action, said Orme.
The play follows the women from their teens in the 1960s through the present day, as they participate in social change, get married, become parents, and have issues with their own parents and families, said Orme. It weaves through their search for identity and through friendships, feminism and family, with much humor and some more serious moments as well.
“It’s kind of about the strength of these women and the bumps they have as they negotiate life, and where they are now as they develop strength,” said Orme.
The three actors for the women in their younger years are Erika Halm, Dani Golden and Heide Andersen. In their more mature years, the women are played by Robin Nelson Wicks, Anne Andersen and Lynn Swan.
Orme retired several years ago from three decades teaching English and drama and directing many student productions.
Most of the readers will be on stage for the first time, but Orme said they all have great reading voices and have really embodied their characters. Several of the cast members are also teachers, “so they’re really on stage every day,” she said.
Snapshots will be presented on Friday and Saturday (March 18 and 19) at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation.