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Open Book opens 2019 with David Lindsay-Abaire comedy

Preview December 27, 2018 Encore Staff

TRENTON—Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire will be on stage at Open Book Theatre Company from January 11 to February 9.

The story begins when Cass leaves her husband Kip after the discovery of a deviant secret has her questioning their whole marriage, and her whole life. She heads to the Falls to try to reclaim the life she thinks she missed. As she works her way down the list of goals she abandoned years ago, she makes new friends and ponders whether life is a series of random occurrences, or the product of an inevitable grand design.

The play features Krista Schafer Ewbank as Cass, Linda Rabin Hammell as Lois, Richard Payton as Kip, Patrick Loos as Captain Mike, Connie Cowper and Dan Morrison as detectives Karla and Glen, and Mandy Logsdon as everyone else! Directed by Sarah Hawkins with scenic design by Eric Niece, lighting design by Harley Miah, props and costume design by Reyna DeSilva, and stage management by Jillian Joie Dahl.

Director Sarah Hawkins says, “David Lindsay-Abaire speaks to my quirky, fun sense of humor!  I’m having fun directing this comedy that throws so many unexpected curves and fun plot twists that both challenge and delight the actors, and will have the audience rolling in the aisles.  I can’t wait for the Downriver community to fall in love with Wonder of the World!”

“I think self-exploration and reflection are universal, and the desire to get out of a rut and truly experience all the world has to offer is a secret desire for many of us,” explains Hawkins. “Whenever I see stories about someone leaving a boring desk job to travel the world, I admit I’m a bit envious.  So many people think that what they have is all they are ever going to get, so they settle.  But Wonder of the World is a story of a woman who challenges herself to walk away from an unsatisfying life in search of adventure, and in the meantime, she gains friendship and courage.”

Individual tickets are only $25 for general admission, $20 for seniors, and $15 for students, with all tickets for the opening night gala at $30 each. Tickets can be purchased online at openbooktc.com. More information can be found online, or by calling (734) 288-7753.