In this short play, Annie and Frannie go to a funeral, as the title says. The funeral is for Artie, Annie’s husband and first love. The marriage was not always happy, especially after the tragic death of their son. Annie is here to say goodbye. Frannie is there as Annie’s friend. But Annie and Frannie are more than friends. Now that Artie is out, can Annie and Frannie have a life together of their choosing?
This short play is brought to you by Open-Door Playhouse., a podcast created to showcase new plays, new writers, and a host of unknown talent. Founded by playwright and filmmaker Bernadette Armstrong, Open-Door Playhouse airs plays, in response to theaters being closed across the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving playwrights with nowhere where to produce their parts. Open-Door Playhouse supports new and emerging writers. Since its inception, Open-Door Playhouse has presented 64 new short plays, with no limit in sight.
Don Goodrum is the playwright. With a theatrical career spanning decades, he has written numerous plays and taught acting, following a long career in radio. He is retired and lives in Florida, but continues to write. He is an alumnus of Mississippi College.
Kim Hlavac is directing. Holder of a BFA from f SUNY Purchase, she is also a playwright and an actress. She performed in plays in New York (including Much Ado About Nothing opposite Stanley TucciWaiting for Lefty directed by howard da silvaand Gertrude Stein‘s Listen to Me) and television (including the daytime drama Another World) in which she played Lauren Philiips) and is a member of theater companies VS Theater and Station House. You can hear Kim’s games and the management of Penny Slots at https://opendoorplayhouse.org
Joanne McGee-Lamb plays Annie. She has appeared in productions at Forum Mark TaperCrown city theater companyUtah Shakespeare Festival, Nevada Shakespeare Company, Florida Rep, Sonora Rep and Mainstreet Theater Company.
Sonja Alarr portrays Frannie. With a master’s degree from Cal State Long Beach, she has appeared in productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, PCPA, La Jolla Playhouse, Crown City Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Kirk Douglas Theater and more. She writes and performs cabaret shows.
Producer: Bernadette Armstrong. Associate producer: Laree Griffith. Sound engineer: David Peters at Oak House Studio in Altadena, CA.
Starting July 13, 2022, you can access Annie and Frannie’s Go to a Funeral podcast on the Open-Door Playhouse website, where you can also find an archive of 65 previous podcasts, fresh new writing and performances and qualified audio productions.
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Pictured: Kim Hlavac.