Genre: Drama

In a living room in the south, three generations of southern women come together to deal with the death of their matriarch in a way that only southern women can... with comfort food, cigarettes, wine and of course each other. While eating mounds of BBQ and fried chicken, these women discover many wonderful truths including why people bring BBQ to a funeral; why a string of pearls defines a southern woman and why you should never show up at your own funeral wearing "some cheap tacky wig."

MaryAnn prepares for death gallantly by checking off a "before I go" list, creating a sweater in which she will "meet the Lord with her bells on", and most importantly, ensuring that her family and friends will survive without her. However, the Robertson women will soon discover MaryAnn's big secret... except no one can find the will. This touching survival story will teach you that "life isn't always happy, death doesn't always have to be sad, and hysterical laughter is normal. "

This show was made possible with funds from Kickstarter:

Key players:
Shanna Riker: Born and raised southern girl, I have heard my grandma say the phrase ""come and sit a spell"" more times than I could ever count. I have been acting since my stage debut at 5 years old as the Icicle in the kindergarten Christmas pageant. I received a BA in Theatre from Blue Mountain College in Mississippi. I am a member of the Snarks which is a private women's theatre club here in NYC. Some of my favorite roles include Shelby in Steel Magnolias, Olive in the Female Version of the Odd Couple, Moira in A Night in Provence, Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, and the undead school child in the Horseman's Hollow two years running. Since moving to NYC I have developed a passion for playwriting. I'm finding that results are actually quite charming.

Paul David Miller: I am a permanent 28 year old who crawled out of the Central Pennsylvania woodwork, hopped in the car and moved to New York City to pursue everyone's dream.
I have directed productions of The Odd Couple, The Vagina Monologues, The Laramie Project, Don't Dress For Dinner (Asst. Director), Departures For Points...(One-act play), Acting Out of Character (One-act play)
I have performed in productions of My Three Angel (Paul), Almost, Maine (Steve), Here's Love (Alvin), The Homecoming (City Man), The Curious Savage (Jeffrey), Is This the Grand Hotel? (Tim Nolan). I also created and performed in the role of Snowflake the Elf for HERSHEYPARK's Christmas Candylane (Hershey, PA), as well as appearing in a few regional commercials.

Casey Rowe: A lighting designer/ actor by trade, Received a BA in theatre from William Carey University, in Mississippi. Since moving to NYC, He has designed several shows including Kingdom Come, a new musical that was staged at the Secret Theatre, Reasons to be Pretty at TheatreLAB and The Attic which was part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival, 2012.

He also had his NYC stage debut as Shaun in a Night in Provence. Casey is the resident light designer at The Secret Theatre.


Open:   12/21/12
Close:   12/22/12

12/21/12- 7:00:00
12/22/12- 7:00:00
Theater:   The Tank
Address:   354 West 45th street
New York, NY 10036
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The Tank is located at 354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). To get to The Tank by subway: Take the A,C,E to 42nd Street/Time Square. Walk West.

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