Clockwise, from top left:
KRISTIN SAD as Martha
GARY WEISSBROT as George
NICHOLAS SHUHAN as Nick
HELEN T. CLARK as Honey
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Judith Andrew as "Susan Anderson" in IN THE CAR WITH BLOSSOM AND LEN
Susan: Blossom, Fern and Holly! It's a garden! Oh, my! You are all from a garden? How amazingly cute is that? My new clients are all flowers!
Holly (to Fern): Who is this person?
Susan: Well, let's see if I can sprinkle some fertilizer on all of you and make you all better.
Robin Booth as "Holly Gold" in IN THE CAR WITH BLOSSOM AND LEN
Holly: When I was eleven, I have this memory that is so vivid, it's like a snapshot in my head. I was walking down a hallway in school, and suddenly I felt totally overwhelmed thinking that in six years I would be in college and who would take care of them? Even then, I knew they were children. How would they survive without me? And I remember at that moment, I made a decision. I thought, well I'll just do it. I'll just stick around and make sure they're okay. Basically, when you think about it, I came to a decision at the age of eleven to give up my life.
Maura Stephens as "Fern" in IN THE CAR WITH BLOSSOM AND LEN
Fern: Boundaries aren't walls, Holly. There's a way to live life and still care about people. It's not one or the other.
Rachel Hockett as "Blossom" in IN THE CAR WITH BLOSSOM AND LEN
BLOSSOM: But you girls have to promise me something. Sometimes at night, I get that really panicked feeling that I might die and then what's going to happen with my clothes? Promise me you won't just throw them away. That you'll find the right home for them. I have beautiful things.
HOLLY: Don't worry, Momma. We'll find them a good home.
BLOSSOM: In fact, I was so upset the other night thinking about my good suits, I went into a sweat--so I had this idea--that maybe when the time comes, you could just put them in the box with me...
HOLLY (overlapping): Oh, God...
BLOSSOM (continues): ...you know, just as many as you could fit in. Folded nicely it could hold plenty.
Arthur Bicknell as "Lenny Gold" in IN THE CAR WITH BLOSSOM AND LEN
LENNY: That world that sits under the lens of the microscope, the subtlety of molecules, the understanding that comes when you watch two chemicals react together in a way to become something else--it's unbelievable.
(Beat as HOLLY takes this in. She has never heard her father speak so eloquently in her life.)
I thought I was going to be really something special, you know? I thought I was going to be the person who invented the next nylon or something like that. Actually, the chemist who came up with that committed suicide. Can you imagine? Inventing nylon and then killing yourself? What a waste.
I'm gonna miss my job.
Dan Taylor narrates IN THE CAR WITH BLOSSOM AND LEN
DAN: The characters are:
Lenny Gold-- A chemical engineer
Blossom Gold-- His wife
Holly Gold-- Their youngest daughter
Fern Gold-- Their older daughter
Susan Anderson-- A social worker
The action of the play takes place in Holly Gold's car and in the home of Lenny and Blossom Gold.
Time: the present.
Susannah Berryman directs
Susannah, with (clockwise from top left): Rachel Hockett as Blossom, Arthur Bicknell as Len, Maura Stephens as Fern, Dan Taylor as narrator, Judith Andrews as Susan, and Robin L. Booth as Holly!
Joni Fritz, author of IN THE CAR WITH BLOSSOM AND LEN
"Joni, it is a big pleasure to be working on your wonderful play. It is quite a lovely and thought-provoking piece, one that makes me laugh and wince at the same time. With all of us boomers coming through the chute, there is no question that it is timely. It feels like life--painful, funny, tender, warm, angry, sad, loving, conflicted, layered, frustrating, rewarding, whimsical, deep. . .as Rachel said, just a first casual reading stimulated almost unstoppable discussion; it was clear that elements of the play popped open reservoirs that people have held for some time."
~Susannah Berryman, director