"THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE"
Written by Jami Brandli
Directed by Ann Hearn
Dana Keen has died serving as a Navy corpsman in the Iraq War. It’s now Christmas, and the Keen family is suffering with this tragedy. Despair and the pain of losing a child, especially at Christmas, cannot be minimalized, and is not something anyone should have to go through. This emotional world premiere dramedy, "THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE," will resolve if the Keen family will be torn apart, or find the strength and guidance to be a loving family once again.
Her parents, Larry (David Gianopoulos) and Barbara (Meeghan Holaway), each have their own survival mechanism. Larry drinking numerous glasses of scotch, and Barbara busying herself preparing the Christmas dinner set the scene for the evening. Dana’s sister Samantha (Kaitlin Huwe) has taken to involvement in protest movements, changed her name to “S,” and has schooled herself in karate. She is defiant and planning a protest at the GW bridge that evening. But, the ghost of Dana (Kara Hume) is ever present: still very much alive in everyone’s heart and mind.
Christmas dinner guests arrive with the Keen’s exuberant family minister, Pastor Bill Towers (Chet Grissom) and rather ditsy wife, Shirley (Stephanie Erb), who has brought a huge bowl of ambrosia. But the most important guest is yet to arrive…one that is unexpected…Dana’s Iraqi refugee friend Nasser (Erica Mathlin). And Nasser may be the Christmas gift everyone needs.
Jami Brandli’s creative script has many twists and turns, with numerous storylines, and brings an excellent ensemble cast together expressing the passion and feelings of each character with great direction by Ann Hearn. The production is well done… great set, great lighting.
The Road Theatre has brought a fantastic new play, "THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE," bringing us the true meaning of love and family. Another evening in NoHo not to be missed.
Cast: Stephanie Erb, David Gianopoulos, Chet Grissom, Meeghan Holaway, Kaitlin Huwe, Kara Hume, and Erica Mathlin
Alternate Cast: Sorel Carradine, Cherish Monique Duke, Brian Graves, Elizabeth Herron, Lizzy Kimball, Melelani Satsuma, and Bart Tangredi.
Producers: Mia Fraboni, Tracey Silver
Assistant Director: Tom Knickerbocker
Scenic Design: Pete Hickok
Lighting Design: Derrick McDaniel
Costume Design: Mary Jane Miller
Sound Design: David B. Marling
Props: Megan Moran & Christine Joelle
Food Wrangler: Samuel Martin Lewis
Stage Manager: Maurie Gonzalez
Assistant Stage Manager: Adam Duarte
Graphic Designer: Ceci Tsou
Publicist: David Elzer
Online Marketing: Kay Capasso
Music Consultant: Dimitris Mahlis
Martial Arts Consultant: High Key Fitness Karate Master Shaunt Benjamin
Dialect Coach: Andrea Odinov Fuller
The Road Theatre
Lankershim Arts Center
5108 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA
Tickets: Call: 818-761-8838 or Online: www.RoadTheatre.org
General Admission: $34; Students and Seniors: $15; Previews: $15; Group Rates: 8+
Previews: March 17th at 8pm; March 18th at 2pm; March 20th, 21st & 22nd at 8pm
Plays: March 23rd at 8pm through Sunday, May 13th at 2pm.
Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm.