Vigil by Morris Panych
February 2 - 26, 2012
Directed by Mary MacDonald Kerr
Ruth Schudson as Grace
Mark Ulrich as Kemp
Kemp, a selfish and mercenary bank clerk, quits his job to keep a deathwatch on his aunt whom he hasn't seen in 30 years. He announces that since he's taken the trouble to answer her dying summons, he'd like her to get it over with and collect his inheritance. But Grace, the object of his disaffection, doesn't appear to be cooperating any time soon. This oddly matched pair become trapped in a macabre bond that's comic on the surface, and deeply human at its core.
"Next Act Theatre's production of Morris Panych's Vigil is a work of art. The darkly comic story of a man waiting for his aunt to die requires a precise balance that director Mary MacDonald Kerr and company execute quite well."
"...director Mary MacDonald Kerr finds the humor and sweetness in Vigil as it moves through its paces. Ruth Schudson has a beatific stillness that is perfect for the role, creating a warm glow in the center of the story. Mark Ulrich is faced with one of the most challenging roles imaginable — a cartoonishly hateful man who must somehow gain the audience’s interest and sympathy."