AGPA in New Orleans

RWTG will present the play Becky Shaw, by Gina Gionfriddo, at the AGPA Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Saturday morning, March 2, 2013 as an Open Session. Following the reading there will be a debriefing of the actors and then a moderated discussion with the audience of training and practicing group therapists.

The cast features Red Well members Rosemary Segalla and Rob Williams along with guest artists Kavita Avula, Liz Marsh and Yavar Moghimi. The understudy for the roles of Suzanna and Becky is Barbara Keezell, PhD from Boston, MA. The leadership team includes co-directors Bob Schulte and John Dluhy and discussion facilitators Mary Dluhy and Molly Donovan.

“In Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw, a newlywed couple fixes up two romantically challenged friends: wife’s best friend meets husband’s sexy and strange new co-worker. When an evening intended to bring happiness takes a dark turn, crisis and comedy ensue in this wickedly funny play that asks: What do we owe the people we love and the strangers who land on our doorstep” (Dramatists Play Service).

From a contemporary relational perspective, the play illuminates a fundamental truth about intimate life, as framed by Stephen Mitchell, PhD:

“The central dynamic struggle throughout life is between the powerful need to establish, maintain and protect intimate bonds with others and various efforts to escape the pains and dangers of those bonds—the sense of vulnerability, the threat of disappointment, engulfment, exploitation and loss” (1988).

Becky Shaw is distinctive for its complex characterizations, insight into contemporary challenges to finding love and for its appreciation of our universal need for mutual recognition and self acceptance. 
Rehearsals begin January 6, 2013. The actors will be keeping a blog diary of their preparations for the upcoming event. Stay tuned!
Bob Schulte