THREE TALL WOMEN

 
DIRECTOR: Brent A. Stringfield
PRODUCER/ASST. DIRECTOR: LaBeth Thompson
 
by Edward Albee:    In Act One, a young lawyer, "C," has been sent to the home of a client, a ninety-two-year-old woman, "A," to sort out her finances. "A," frail, perhaps a bit senile, resists and is of no help to "C." Along with "B," the old woman's matronly paid companion/caretaker, "C" tries to convince "A" that she must concentrate on the matters at hand. In "A's" beautifully appointed bedroom, she prods, discusses, and bickers with "B" and "C," her captives. "A's" long life is laid out for display, no holds barred. She cascades from regal and charming to vicious and wretched as she wonders about and remembers her life: her husband and their cold, passionless marriage; her son and their estrangement.
 

PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED

 

CAST           
"A"Michele Guisti
"B"Kaly McKenna
"C"Debbie David
The BoyJoe Caldwell
 
 


Michele Guisti

Kaly McKenna

Debbie David

Joe Caldwell
 
Photos by Tony Eisenhower

PRODUCTION STAFF
ProducerLaBeth ThompsonCostume DesignerArlene Darden
DirectorBrent A. StringfieldMake-up ConsultantRia Carey
Assistant DirectorLaBeth ThompsonProps MistressLeona Stringfield
Stage ManagerEvelyn ClappReservationsSherrie Colbourn
Set DesignerJoel ColbournHospitalityPowPAC Board
Set Construction ChiefsLarry Clapp, Joel ColbournFlyer/Program Cover DesignLee Laurence
Set Construction TeamJoel Colbourn, Larry & Evelyn Clapp, Christopher Robinson, John & Barbara Seagren, David Ainsworth, Doug Van Buren, Chaike Levine, Brent Stringfield, LaBeth Thompson Program Design/WebmasterElden Davisson
Set DressingChaike LevineVideographerJohn Heinen
Sound DesignerLou AllianoPhotographerTony Eisenhower
Lighting DesignerLarry ClappPublicityGerald M. Reeves
Sound & Lighting TechnicianLarry Clapp  

'PowPAC stages award-worthy Three Tall Women'

By Erin Allin
Poway News-Chieftain
September 9, 2004

The Poway Performing Arts Company takes on an emotionally-charged and difficult script for its new production, "Three Tall Women" by Edward Albee. While it sounds like a challenge for a small, volunteer community theater, PowPAC has succeeded in producing an amazing show that should garner Aubrey Awards for acting and direction at the end of the season.

"Three Tall Women" opened Aug. 27 to a packed house on Friday and Saturday nights. The show runs through Sunday.

If you are looking for an uplifting show, don't go see "Three Tall Women." But if you want to experience Pulitzer Prize-winning writing, excellent acting and directing and an insight into aging, call your reservation in now.

Directed by Brent A. Stringfield, the show is complete with a detailed, polished set, excellent lighting and makeup and a talented cast. Assistant director is LaBeth Thompson. Set design is by Joel Colbourn, with construction by Colbourn and Larry Clapp and set dressing by Chaike Levine. Lighting design is also by Clapp. Ria Carey is the makeup consultant.

"Three Tall Women" unfolds in the upper class bedroom suite of an old woman, simply called "A." She is kept company by two women, her middle-aged caretaker, "B," and a young lawyer, "C." The lawyer attemps to get the old woman to deal with her financial matters and allow the legal firm more control over paying her bills. The old woman becomes introspective, examining how she changed from the woman she was in her twenties to the woman she was in her fifties to who is she is today. "B" and "C" and the theater guests are her captive audience.

Act II reveals that the three women are all the same person, at different points of her life. They struggle to remember, understand and accept who they are at each stage of life.

Michele Guisti gives a poignant, award-worthy portrayal of the elderly as "A." From her seemingly unconscious tremor to her hoarse voice and from her lightning-quick mood changes to her fear when she can't remember, Guisti is a 92-year-old dying woman. Her character moves beyond the play and into a reincarnation of a departed elderly loved one.

"B," the middle-aged woman, is played by Kaly McKenna. Her character is overshadowed by the drama of "A" in the first act. However, in Act II, McKenna plays a broad emotional range -- passion, anger, pity, regret, contentment, acceptance. Her hostility toward her estranged son seems real and disturbing.

The young woman, "C," is played by Debbie David. The depth of her character is also only hinted at until Act II. Then "C" is revealed to be a happy, giddy, passionate woman with no idea how life will change her. She is repulsed by what "A" is and what she will become.

Joe Caldwell plays the uniquely challenging role of the extranged son.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are for general admission and for seniors, students and active military.

For tickets, call (858) 679-8085.

For more information, visit http://www.powpac.org.

The PowPAC theater is located upstairs in the Lively Center at 13250 Poway Road in Poway. Handicapped parking and an elevator are available.



Photos by Tony Eisenhower