GRANDMA AND GRANDSON, IN "4000 MILES," PHOTO BY T. CHARLES ERICKSON
What happens when a genuine card carrying Communist and a free wheeling
hippie renew their relationship as grandmother and grandson? 91 year
old Vera Joseph has no warning that Leo had plans to crash on her
Greenwich Village doorstep until he arrives in the
middle of the night. After suffering a great personal loss, while
biking across the country, Leo seeks refuge at grandma’s house. He
needs to figure things out, examine his life choices and, essentially,
Using bits and pieces from her own history, playwright Amy Herzog has
fashioned a new play of personal exploration, “4000 Miles,” getting its
wheels in gear at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven until Sunday, March
16. A finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, “4000 Miles”
spans three generations, giving voice to many of the issues that face
the elderly and the youth of today.
Zouanne LeRoy stars as Vera, the feisty and forgetful bubbe who doesn’t
hesitate to take in her conflicted grandchild. She recognizes that he
is lost and seeking direction. She too is searching for answers, her
confusion due to a great extent to what could
be early Alzheimer’s.
Micah Stock’s Leo has major issues with his personal relationships, with
his parents, his adopted step-sister, his girlfriend (Leah Karpel) and
even a one night pick-up (Teresa Avia Lim). Despite all his problems,
Leo acknowledges that a family member can
be “a really good friend I happen to be related to.”
As Leo opens his heart and reveals his deepest thoughts, he connects
with Vera in ways neither one of them ever could have anticipated. Eric
Ting directs this inter-generational exploration of feelings on a
deliberately dated set designed by Frank J. Alberino.
All we need are the lace antimacaassars on the arm chairs.
For tickets ($40-75), call Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New
Haven at 203-787-4282 or online at www.longwharf.org. Performances are
Tuesday 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m.,
Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
and Sunday at 2 p.m.
After more than nine decades of diversity, in politics and bed partners,
Vera has a wealth of knowledge to impart to her young guest, whether or
not he is ready to listen and to learn.