Darien’s talent is given a place to shine in the Darien Arts Center Stage’s performance of Sirens by Deborah Zoe Laufer beginning on March 14 and running through March 29, 2014. Directed by Carin Zakes, who has substantial experience in community theatre, this show uses ample humor to explore one couple’s recommitment to each other and their relationship. Fresh and contemporary, it is deftly written with a light touch to entertain and lift spirits, and the talented cast brings a depth of experience that shows on stage.
Joseph Maker, Darien resident and attorney by day, portrays
Sam Abrams, a husband of 25 years who struggles with his sense of passion, loss
of youth and fear that his creative edge is gone. Joe got his start with the
St. John Rectory Players of Stamford, joined the Darien Actors/Playwrights
Workshop for several roles and has performed at the Darien Library One Acts
Weekend and at the Westport Community Theatre.
His character, Sam, is married to Rose Abrams, played by Regina Elliott,
who is a voice instructor with the Darien Arts Center Music Department. She has
a BA in Music from University of California and a Masters degree in Vocal
Performance from University of Connecticut, and has diverse performance
experience in theater, opera, cabaret and musical theater.
The character of Richard, played by Darien resident and
recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, James Kamensky, is an old
flame of Rose Abrams, which adds an interesting twist to the story line. James
trained with the Atlantic Acting School and Stonestreet Studios in Manhattan in
preparation for his professional acting career.
The Siren, played by Sarah Smegal, becomes a catalyst for Sam Abrams to
recognize and appreciate the love that he has. Sarah has been acting locally
for over 14 years in theaters around Fairfield and Westchester Counties.
With tickets at $25 each, and a show time that starts at 8
pm, residents can have a local dinner at one of Darien’s many new or
established restaurants prior to curtain time; a perfect date night for busy
parents. Performances of Sirens are on March 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 pm with Sunday
matinees on March 16 and 23 at 2 pm. All shows will take place in the DAC
Weatherstone Studio located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Darien Town Hall. Tickets
can be purchased through the box office at 203-655-5414 or through the website
at darienarts.org. There will be a
special ending to the March 15th performance with a ‘Talk Back’
session from the cast and the director.
Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center (DAC) is a
non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts
programs and events for the community. The DAC offers educational programs in
Dance, Visual Arts, Music & Theatre, & special events & live
theatre performances by DAC Stage. Private donations, grants, tuition fees
& ticket sales fund the DAC, which is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the
Town Hall. For further information, call (203) 655-8683 or visit darienarts.org.