‘Grace & Glorie’ offers tears and laughs

From left, Kristen Wilson plays Gloria Whitmore and Marty Essig plays Grace Stiles in “Grace & Glorie.” (Submitted photo)

From left, Kristen Wilson plays Gloria Whitmore and Marty Essig plays Grace Stiles in “Grace & Glorie.” (Submitted photo)

By Chris Bavender 

It’s the story of two women – one a feisty 90-year-old cancer patient who has returned home to die, the other her volunteer hospice worker grieving the death of her only child. The unlikely friendship is the focus of Main Street Productions’ latest offering, “Grace & Glorie.”

“It’s the lovely story of two women from different walks of life who come together and become friends,” said director Doug Davis. “In the process they discover they have a lot in common through the tribulations they have gone through in their personal lives.”

“Grace & Glorie” – set in the Blue Ridge Mountains – features Marty Essig as Grace and Kristen Wilson as Glorie. Wilson has appeared in two other Main Street shows and is directing the upcoming production of “Diary of Anne Frank,” and she said the script touched her heart.

“It was an opportunity for me to bring a beautiful story to life,” Wilson said. “It hit home for me because I moved back here from Florida to take care of my grandmother. She is 91 and has Alzheimer’s. I wanted her to be able to stay in her home where she is comfortable. Doing this play lets me tell my story and doing something I love – acting.”

Davis said patrons can expect a really interesting night at the theater.

“It’s a neat piece – a mixture of comedy and some drama in there. Mostly at Westfield we do comedy but this has nice mixture,” Davis said. “You are crying one minute and laughing the next.”

“I hope they go away with a new perspective on life,” Wilson said. “The script really does make you see and think about things in a different way. I would love for them to go away with a warm heart & wanting to discuss some questions that might be brought up.”

“Grace & Glorie” ● 7:30 p.m. May 9, 10, 16 and 17; 2:30 p.m. May 11 and 18 ● Westfield Playhouse ● 1836 Ind. 32 West ● Tickets are $12 for regular admission and $10 for seniors ● For more information call 896-2707 or visit http://bit.ly/1hRRmsV

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