Thursday, May 30, 2013

'Holding On...Letting Go' Encore Performance


            Fremont Centre Theatre is proud to announce that its production of “Holding On—Letting Go,” which had its World Premiere at the South Pasadena theatre in 2012, has been selected as an official festival entry at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival, which takes place in Winston-Salem, N.C. from July 29 through August 3. Prior to departing for North Carolina, the show will have two encore performances at Fremont Centre Theatre, on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m.
            James Reynolds directs. He is co-artistic director (with wife Lissa Reynolds) of Fremont Centre Theatre. He is best known nationally for his portrayal of Abe Carver on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” for the past three deacdes.
            Bryan Harnetiaux is the playwright. Previously, his play “National Pastime,” which told the story of Jackie Robinson, was an award-winning hit at Fremont Centre Theatre, running for half a year. It, too, was directed by James Reynolds.
            The cast of “Holding On ---Letting Go” includes (in alphabetical order) Amentha Dymally, Lamar Hughes, Christian Malmin, Iona Morris, Jill Remez and Barry Wiggins.
            Synopsis: Bobby and Lee are a long-married couple. Lee is a hard-driving women’s  basketball coach. Bobby was a basketball coach and, later, an insurance salesman. But now, Bobby is in failing health, even though he is only 51.
            As his physical condition declines further, Bobby finds himself confronted by choices: whether to fight for every breath and explore every conceivable avenue in the hope that things will improve; or whether to make preparations for a graceful exit.
            There are still things left unsaid and undone between Lee and Bobby. These things are suddenly brought into sharp focus, as time may be running out.
            If we are fortunate enough to live long enough, we may all have to contemplate the decisions being faced by Bobby and Lee.
            There are only two more chances to see this show before it leaves for North Carolina.
            The theatre is launching a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to facilitate taking the production to the National Black Theatre Festival.
            “Holding On---Letting Go.” Written by Bryan Harnetiaux. Directed by James Reynolds. Presented by California Performing Arts Center. At Fremont Centre Theatre, 1000 Fremont Ave. (at El Centro), South Pasadena, CA 91030. Abundant free parking behind theatre. , July 19, 2013 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m. Admission is by donation at
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