New York Theater Festival
Hudson Guild Theater
August 6, 8, 11, 2018
|Photo courtesy of Swan Song|
Swan Song, a new play by Dan Kavulish, is part of the New York Theater Festival’s Summerfest. The play tackles the highly emotional task of caring for an aging parent in the later years of their life. As Stage Manager, I have been watching this piece grow over the rehearsal period. Mr. Kavulish’s writing is full of inner conflict and rich subtext. Director Justin Bennett’s thorough approach and clear vision are infusing the performance with layers of detail and emotion.
Philip (played by Steve Humphreys) faces unresolved conflicts in the relationship with his mother (played by Rebecca Hoodwin) while she transitions from her assisted living situation to one of skilled nursing, where she will receive round the clock care. Memories of his deceased brother, the seventeen year estrangement from his family, and his mother’s denial of his homosexuality flood in as he gives his mother the time and attentions she needs and deserves in her final months.
Steve Humphreys and Rebecca Hoodwin rise up together in these roles as their characters’ bond supersedes their conflicts. They create genuine moments together, fueled by pain and devotion.
Swan Song is playing a Hudson Guild Theater (441 W. 26 St., between 9th & 10th Ave.) on Monday, August 6 and Wednesday, August 8 at 9:00 PM and Saturday, August 11 at 6:00 PM. To purchase tickets go to newyorktheaterfestival.com/swan-song/. Tickets will also be available at the door before the performances. See you there!