Carmel Community Players to present ‘Tribute’
By Chris Bavender
Bernard Slade’s play “Tribute” is now showing at the Carmel Community Playhouse through Jan. 26.
It’s the story of Broadway press agent Scotty Templeton, a man who spent his life avoiding responsibility. But after he is diagnosed with leukemia, he must reconcile with the people he loves. At top of the list is his estranged son Jud.
Directed by Danny Russel, the cast features Neal Eggeson as Templeton; Matthew Shadday as Jud; Tom Doman as Lou Daniels, Templeton’s boss and best friend; Joyce Pendleton as Templeton’s ex-wife Maggie Stratton; Kaylis Dyer as Sally Haines; Kristen Wilson as Hilary; and Monica Joyner as Dr. Gladys Petrelli, Templeton’s oncologist.
“Carmel Community Players chose to do this show because the director, Danny Russel, proposed it to us as a play that would work well in our intimate setting, and would appeal to a broad audience,” said Rich Phipps, Carmel Community Playhouse president. “We think the audience will react with a mixture of laughter and sadness. It is difficult to say what’s larger in this play – laughs or lumps in the throat.”
Russel credits the cast’s dedication and collaborative spirit with making the show work.
“This has been an incredible cast to work with and our play is a literal valentine to the world of theatre,” Russel said. “This play will touch every bit of your emotions, and everyone can relate to the struggle between parent and son.”
The play debuted on Broadway in 1978 with Jack Lemmon in the role of Templeton and was brought to film in 1980 with Lemmon again playing that role.
“Tribute” ● Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sundays Jan. 16 through Jan. 26 ● Carmel Community Playhouse at Clay Terrace ● 14299 Clay Terrace Blvd. in Carmel ● Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors 62 and older ● For more information call 815-9387 or visitwww.carmelplayers.org.