CATONSVILLE, MD (March 2, 2017) – "Martha's Party," a two-act drama about secrets revealed by women at their high school reunion, will be performed Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11 (beginning at 7 p.m.) in the auditorium of Charlestown retirement community.
The play follows five cheerleader-wannabe friends from Wooster High School (class of 1938) who meet 62 years later at the Plaza Hotel in New York for a reunion. Their conversations unexpectedly lay bare the joy and heartbreak each have experienced in their lives.
Playwright Marian Tongier wrote the play several years ago. It is being brought to the stage under sponsorship of The Little Theatre Company, Inc., and its themes asks a great deal of emotional range from its cast. For instance, one of the lead characters reveals a rape while another discloses alcoholism.
Director "Uncle John" Lorenz, guides each main character through monologues. The result is self-awareness of the power of human relationships and their inherent kindness.
"No one's life is all hats and horns," said Tongier, who has been interested in theater since her role as Jo in "Little Women," the senior play of her Warren G. Harding High School in Warren, Ohio.
Tongier has worked with drama groups in college, civic theater and several high schools. She once taught English at a school in Alencon, France, for a year.
"I hope this play helps people appreciate one another a little bit more," Tongier said.
Tickets, which are $5 each, can be purchased at the door. They can also be purchased at Charlestown's Atrium, Fireside, Chesapeake, and Terrace Café on March 6 and March 8, from 2 - 4 p.m. Charlestown is located at 715 Maiden Choice Lane in Catonsville, MD.