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Leonia Players Guild Stages 'I Never Sang For My Father'

Members of Leonia's Players Guild
Members of Leonia's Players Guild Photo Credit: Jamie Scalfane

LEONIA, N.J. — The Leonia Players Guild is presenting “I Never Sang for My Father” starting Friday, March 4, at 8 p.m. at the Civil War Drill Hall Theater, with an opening reception and refreshments following the show.

The Friday, March 11, performance will include an after-the-show Q&A session with the director and cast. Refreshments will be served.

This Academy Award-nominated movie was first a Broadway play written by Robert Anderson. “I Never Sang For My Father” is a story of a family. Relationships are tested when widowed college professor Gene Garrison, played by James Parent of Dumont, is torn apart by his desire to remarry and start a new life in California, but he feels guilty about abandoning his frail and ill parents, Tom and Margaret Garrison, played by Rick and Maxine Pascal of Fair Lawn. Gene’s mother urges him to go, while his father, Tom, clings desperately to his son, while his pride pushes him away.

Claudia MacDermott of Teaneck directs the show. MacDermott’s last Players Guild of Leonia directorial effort, “Race,” was nominated for a Perry Award, the highest honor in New Jersey Community Theater.

Parent is making his Players Guild debut. He has appeared in many productions at Bergen County Players. He is joined by the Pascals of Fair Lawn as his parents, and Meg Renton of Ringwood plays his sister, Alice. Renton was last seen on the Guild stage in “All My Sons” and is a veteran of Bergen County Players. Gary Koseyan of Montclair plays Dr. Mayberry, the family physician, John Garbo of Secaucus is playing Dr. Pell, Vince Parillo of Ridgewood is Marvin Scott, Andrea Pieper of New Milford plays Nurse Halsey, and Lisa Ruane of Leonia is handling double duties playing Mary and working as assistant director.

Shows will take place March 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here .

The Civil War Drill Hall Theater is at 130 Grand Ave., Leonia.

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