The Last Romance – by Joe DiPietro- Directed by Ann Swiston
Run: August 29 - September 7, 2014
Director’s Thoughts on The Last Romance - by Ann Swiston
A relatively new, though in my case not terribly young, director should start with an excellent script. With The Last Romance, my 2nd play by Joe DiPietro, I knew I was off to a strong start. DiPietro’s plays have entertained thousands, both young and old, combining captivating, down-to earth characters, believable story-lines, real-life sets, and almost always music in some form. The combo is unbeatable.
Add to that the fact that the story is based on real characters, Marion Ross (best known for her role in Happy Days) and her life-partner and well-known actor, Michael Paul. They had acted in many productions over their years together, including Over the River and Through the Woods, also written by DiPietro. The three became friends, and eventually Ross asked DiPietro to write a play for and about herself and Michael. The result was The Last Romance.
And then there is the cast. Picking the right actors for each role is not only important, it’s the key that enables success. I am delighted that Kenneth Bridges, Peggy Lord Chilton, Candace Luciano and Ken Yakiwchuk agreed to work with me. Not only are they all excellent actors, they are highly professional, and great fun to work with.