Coaster Theatre’s fall production of “The Savannah Sipping Society” will begin on Friday, Sep. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The shows will run through Oct. 26. Performances will be on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. There will be two Sunday matinee shows, Sep. 29 and Oct. 13, which will begin at 3 p.m.
In this comedy, four southern women are drawn together by fate and decide that it’s time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Randa Covington, played by Danyelle Tinker, is a perfectionist and workaholic, and is struggling to cope with a surprise career derailment that reveals that she has no life and no idea how to get one. Dot, still reeling for her husband’s recent demise and the loss of their plans for a retirement, faces the prospect of starting a new life from scratch. Marlafaye Mosley, played by Barbi England, is a Texas gal, has blasted into Savannah in the wake of losing her husband to a 23 year-old dental hygienist. Dot Haigler is played by Rosalie Ennis. Also new to town, Jinx, played by Katherine Lacaze, offers her services as a much-needed life coach for these women. However, blinded by her determination and efforts to get their lives on track, she overlooks the fact that she’s the one most in need of advice.
Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women bond and find the confident to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment – and most importantly, realize that it’s never too late to make new friends.
This is the first time Coaster Theatre will put on this play.
The director of “The Savannah Sipping Society” is Jean Rice. She got her inspiration to direct this play because she identifies with the characters. The play is about four women struggling in life.
“All middle-aged like I am,” Rice said.
This is the second play Rice will direct. She directed February 2018’s production of “Fit To Kill”, a comedy noir. Rice has been involved in the Coaster Theatre since 1998. She has worked backstage, performed on stage as an actor, volunteered as an usher, and more.
“Last year, I was on the board when it became a nonprofit,” Rice said.