Road trip play opens in Summerland

Just a few weeks remaining before opening night for the Summerland Singers and Player’s production of Mesa by award-winning Canadian playwright Doug Curtis.

Just a few weeks remaining before opening night for the Summerland Singers and Player’s production of Mesa by award-winning Canadian playwright Doug Curtis.

This is a very limited engagement of a true Canadian classic. Mesa is a funny and poignant road trip created by Doug Curtis based on a true story.

Bud is 93 years old and has travelled with his wife Molly from his home in Calgary to his snowbird home in Mesa, Ariz. every year since 1967.

Sadly Molly has passed on and Bud, who is in failing health, wants to make one last trip but is not able to drive himself. His grandson-in-law, Paul, is roped in to do the driving.

Paul, whose career as an artist hasn’t quite taken off, is looking forward to the trip as a great adventure. Bud has other ideas. He wants to get from Calgary to Mesa in as short a time as possible. Therein lies the story.

This hilarious look at the generation gap has a surprising turn of events when each man comes to grips with the needs and wants of the other.

Mesa stars James Fofonoff and Bob Read with special guest Jack Godwin of the Kettle Valley Brakemen. Ed Schneider is directing.

Playwright Curtis, is a director, actor and storyteller born in Edmonton, Alta.

Mesa runs, in this limited engagement, from Oct. 20 to 22 with matinee and evening performances on Oct. 22 at Centre Stage Theatre in Summerland.

Tickets are $12 ($10 for students and seniors) for Oct. 20 and $17 ($15 for students and seniors) for the other dates.

Curtain time for evening performances is 8 p.m. and the matinee on Oct. 22 is 2 p.m.

Tickets are available in Summerland at Sweet Tooth and the Summerland Art Gallery and in Penticton at Dragon’s Den on Front Street.