The New and Improved Stages of Grief

THE NEW AND IMPROVED STAGES OF GRIEF
written by and starring Mary Carpenter
directed by Megan Bellwoar-Hollinger

July 5-16, 2017

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The queen of Philadelphia comedy presents her hilarious show about coming to terms with love and loss.

REVIEW: "FIZZY AND ENJOYABLE" -DCTheatreScene [READ THE COMPLETE REVIEW]

"Mary Carpenter is one of the funniest women I know. She is the reigning queen of Philadelphia improv, a title she's held for 20 plus years. Everyone can benefit from Mary's one-woman show about coping with grief. We've all lost a loved one, and Mary's journey is familiar and relatable but I'm not sure grief has ever been this funny too. Mary manages to tug the heartstrings and tickle the funny bone in the same show: sometimes in the same sentence!" -Artistic Director Tony Braithwaite

"Balances humor with reflection, never allowing the material to become maudlin, but not exactly pulling her punches either. She also includes ... the most moving Harry Potter reference I've ever heard, on stage or offstage. Really." -Wendy Rosenfield, Philadelphia Inquirer

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ABOUT MARY CARPENTER
Mary is thrilled to be back at Act II Playhouse. She is an actress, director, improviser, writer and teacher. Previously at Act II, Mary directed On the Road Again, Making Spirits Bright, Didn’t Your Father Have This Talk with You, and Oh What Fun. She has also worked with 1812 Productions, Montgomery Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Arden, and the Wilma. Acting credits include Suburban Love Songs, This is the Week That Is, Something Wonderful Right Away & Improvukkah (1812 Productions); Prisoner of Second Avenue & Rumors (Montgomery Theater), and City of Nutterly Love (Second City/Philadelphia Theatre Company). Mary has been a performing and teaching member of ComedySportz, for 25 years where she also served as Artistic Director twice. She is a part of the improv ensembles Dangerous Fools, ‘Til Death Do Us Part, and Wisdom Teeth. She holds Theatre degrees from Northwestern University and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

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