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‘Love, Loss’ at Rocklin Community Theatre

Ephrons’ play opens May 9
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“Love, Loss and What I Wore”

When: 7:30 p.m. May 9-11; 2 p.m. May 11 and 12

Where: Finn Fall, 4090 Rocklin Road

Cost: $12 seniors; $15 general admission; group rates available for parties of 10 or more

Tickets and info: www.rocklintheatre.org; (916) 740-6229

Rocklin Community Theatre’s next production is “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” an intimate collection of stories by sisters Nora and Delia Ephron, whose screenwriting credits include “Sleepless in Seattle,” “When Harry Met Sally” and “You’ve Got Mail.”

The show is based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman augmented with additional stories from friends of the Ephron sisters. The show is dedicated to Nora Ephron, who passed away in June 2012.

When Director Jill Page saw the play in New York in February 2011, she knew it would be a perfect play for Finn Hall. The subject matter of the monologues includes women's relationships and wardrobes and at times the interaction of the two, using the female wardrobe as a time capsule of a woman's life.

“The show was funny yet also serious,” she said. “Many audience members – myself included – shed a few tears during the show. When I saw it, we were producing our first non-musical, ‘The Odd Couple.’ Feedback from our audience was that though they love our musicals, it was nice to see a comedy play for a change. ‘Love, Loss’ seemed like it would be a great choice for our next non-musical production.”

The Westside Theatre in New York was also similar in size and configuration to Finn Hall, so Page knew it would be a good match for the theater.

The play is arranged as a series of monologues delivered as a staged reading. The cast features some familiar faces and two newcomers to RCT. Page, last seen on stage at Finn Hall as The Widow Paroo in “The Music Man,” returns to the stage as “Gingy,” the only character in the play to has a recurring role. Gingy is based primarily on the Ilene Beckerman novel and her story is told in segments throughout the play.

Mellyn Savage has appeared in several Finn Hall productions, including the role of Marian Paroo in “The Music Man.” Savage is a teacher in Rocklin. Marissa Gailey came up through the ranks of the Youth Theatre Workshops playing a variety of roles as a child and teen, including Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls.” She is now an emergency room nurse.

Betsaida LeBron and Laura Gillette are making their Finn Hall debuts in “Love, Loss.” LeBron is a co-founder, instructor and performer at Black Top Comedy, an improvisational comedy Theater in Roseville. Gillette is a teacher in Rocklin who has spent many hours in Finn Hall as an audience member and volunteer. Her son Joe is also a Youth Theatre Workshop alumni and now making his living as an actor in Los Angeles.

“Love, Loss and What I Wore” will have a limited run. Due to the adult nature of some of the stories, it is recommended for audience members 18 and older.