Thursday, August 13, 2009

Aug 12-22: Diana Squires in LAUNDROMAT in laundromat!

UPDATE: Dice will be interviewed this afternoon on CBC Radio's "On the Coast." If you're near a radio at around 4 p.m. you can tune in to 88.1 FM and hear all about THE LAUNDROMAT. . . . If you've been in one of my acting classes, there are a few scenes you're likely to have seen. One play that's in heavy rotation is Marsha Norman's Third & Oak: The Laundromat. It seems that at least one survivor of my tutelage retained enough affection for the piece to tackle a full production - in a laundromat, no less! Brilliant. Diana "Dice" Squires will be playing Deedee, and she notes "Former PT apprentice Christie Maxson is stage managing and TWU grads Jackie Faulkner & Joshua McFaul are also on the team as Costume/Laundry Designer and Recording Technician." I'm not missing this one!

THE LAUNDROMAT by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman
Aug 13-15 19-22 (pay-what-you-can preview Aug 12)
Swan Laundry - 1352 Burrard Street
Doors 8pm, show 8:30

Directed by Tamara McCarthy ~ Starring Brenda Matthews & Diana Squires
Tickets - $12 - (seating very in advance!)

In Scarlet Satin Productions’ The Laundromat, one wash-rinse-dry cycle sends the audience spinning back to the world of 1979 where, for two desperate housewives, nothing is as it seems. In the intimate setting of a real laundromat, watch two strangers from different worlds stumble in with delicates in hand and reluctantly share their deepest secrets.

With her characteristic humour and realism, playwright Marsha Norman introduces Deedee, who bounces from fidgety to feisty, hitting every hilarious extreme in between; and Alberta, whose restrained propriety masks both tenderness and sardonic wit.

“The themes of loss, loneliness, and the continuous struggle to make sense of our selves and our lives, are as relevant today as when the play was written,” says Tamara McCarthy, whose recent directing work at Carousel Theatre earned rave reviews and a Jessie nomination. “It’s a delight to be telling this simple, beautiful story in a non-traditional performance space.”

With rolling carts and brightly coloured bubbles, Swan Laundry offers a world ideally suited to the play’s warmth and retro appeal. Owner Carolyn Currie says, “They told me they wanted to perform the cutest show in town at the cutest laundromat in town…I couldn’t resist!”

The Laundromat marks the debut of Scarlet Satin Productions, an independent theatre company dedicated to creating opportunities for women and forging professional connections for emerging artists while producing unique and thought-provoking theatre. More info at

Directed by Tamara McCarthy, featuring Brenda Matthews and Diana Squires, The Laundromat plays at 8:30 p.m. August 13-15 & 19-22 with a pay-what-you-can preview August 12. General admission $12. Swan Laundry, 1352 Burrard Street. Seating very limited – reserve tickets through

For a chance to win two free tickets to Opening Night, e-mail Scarlet Satin Productions the correct answer to this question: Which play won Marsha Norman the Pulitzer Prize?

Media Contact: Diana Squires
Artistic Producer, Scarlet Satin Productions

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