“Chapter Two,” a semi-autobiographical comedy by Neil Simon about his second marriage to actress Marsha Mason, will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Friday (May 4) in the Arizona Senior Academy Great Room. The play moves the audience through hilarious twists and turns of mid-life dating, of being recently divorced (her) and widowed (him), as well as through the unexpected joys and terrors involved in new beginnings.
Both lead characters are uncertain of themselves as being ready to develop a new romance, as her marriage breakup has been so recent, and he is clinging tenaciously to the memories of his deceased first wife, yet after a whirlwind romance, they get married.
This play-reading production (produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.) was edited and directed by Mary Mitchell. Cast members are Academy Village residents with experience in multiple aspects of theatrical arts:
Dan Angelo (playing George Schneider) has performed roles in “Alice in Wonderland,” “Inherit the Wind,” and “A Sometimes Christmas,” and for 25 years hosted a weekly education radio program in Riverside and San Bernadino, Calif.
Mary Mitchell (Jennie Malone) has primarily written/produced/performed in television (KVOA, KUAT- Tucson, KFMB-San Diego, KTLA-Los Angeles, and segments for ABC’s Good Morning America). She played Anna in Eugene O’Neill’s “Anna Christie,” Margaret in “The Longest Day,” Angie in Maureen Daly’s “Seventeenth Summer,” and the ingénue lead in “A Majority of One.” She co-directed a community/faculty readers’ theatre while attending Miami University and has directed and acted in several plays since retiring to Arizona, including editing/ directing/acting Nora Ephron’s “When Harry Met Sally” at the Arizona Senior Academy in 2016.
Carol Gilzinger (Faye Medwick) was an early participant in live television on the “Howdy Doody Show.” She later portrayed the character of Roo in the Academy Village performance of A.A. Milne’s “Winnie-the-Pooh,” and most recently had two roles in the Academy’s production of “When Harry Met Sally.”
Denny Heath (Leo Schneider) discovered his ‘theatrical side’ after moving to Academy Village. He played the part of Wilson in “Harvey” and through the years was involved in two plays directed by Wayne McGee. He played Jess in the ASA production of “When Harry Met Sally.”
Robin Gaither (Scene Reader) had stage roles and worked in backstage production in multiple plays including “Othello,” “The Crucible,” and “No Exit.” For the past 15 years Robin has been in several Academy Village Readers’ Theatre productions including “The Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotttontail Caper” and “Cold Calling.”
Written by Mary Mitchell, Academy Village Volunteer