Opening the Sheridan Civic Theatre Guild’s 54th season will be “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” written by Paul Zindel and directed by Malcolm Wallop. This is Paul Zindel’s best known play, winning a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1971.
It is the story of an eccentric widow who is raising her two disparate daughters in an atmosphere of bitterness, hatred and over-protection that threatens their very growth and development. The younger daughter is performing a science experiment on marigolds which becomes a metaphor for her own life as she struggles to bloom in a household deadened by her mother’s alcoholism.
Show dates are October 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sundays. The cast features Susan Baker, Leah Tanehill, Maddie Clift, Betsy Love, and Jennifer Williams. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students, seniors and active military, and are available at the WYO Theater Box Office, at www.wyotheater.com, and at the Carriage House Box Office one hour before showtime.