The Women's Theatre Project will present Barbara Pease Weber's contemporary comedy, Delval Divas, at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park from November 2nd through November 18th. This will be the theatre company's first production in their new venue.
Sally Bondi, Lisa Braun, Lela Elam, Jacqueline Laggy, Jessica K. Peterson, and Karen Stephens star in the timely comedy about six capable and intelligent women (who just happen to be in prison) and find themselves facing a series of challenges - including changes in lifestyle, corruption, and murder.
"I began to write Delval Divas in 2000 and, thinking back, it's almost like I had a crystal ball into the future," says playwright Barbara Pease Weber. "Since I was, at the time, an actor in my 40s, I decided that I wanted to try to write a comedy involving strong, educated and bright middle aged women. I considered an office setting then decided it would be boring. Thought about a gym setting. Nah, boring! Then I asked myself, where would a group of well educated, successful and intelligent women find themselves together? A-ha! In the slammer for their various and sundry corporate misdeeds. Hence, Delval Divas was born in my head."
Weber's timing couldn't have been better: "Little did I know at the time I began to write my story that the Enron and Martha Stewart scandals were about to explode," she says, "And that later in the decade, scandals involving Bernie Madoff, Country Wide Financial, Fannie Mae and Wall Street in general would keep Delval Divas a timely piece."
Director Genie Croft is in charge of the Divas: "Rehearsing Delval Divas is a creative and imaginative journey as we delve through the process of unraveling the upheavals these characters are trying to manipulate to their personal advantage," she explains. "Working through the fabric of this clever script has been very rewarding. I'm delighted with the nuanced development of these Divas by my very talented cast. So far I have not had to sentence anyone to solitary confinement!"
Delval Divas will run from November 2nd through November 18th, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
The Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park is located at 300 South Military Trail in Boca Raton, just south of Palmetto Park Road. Tickets for Delval Divas are on sale now, and can be purchased at the Willow Theatre Box office: 561-347-3948. Tickets for all performances are $25.
For more information, visit www.womenstheatreproject.com or find Women's Theatre Project on Facebook.
Pictured: back row: Sally Bondi, Jessica K. Peterson, Lela Elam; front row: Lisa Braun, Jacqueline Laggy, Karen Stephens.