When We Were Young and Unafraid by Sarah Treem Partnered with BIPOC Support Foundation
Escondido, CA – (October, 2021) Patio Playhouse is thrilled to reopen at its indoor Kalmia location with emotional powerhouse When We Were Young and Unafraid by Sarah Treem, produced by Peggy Schneider and directed by Rachel Mink. This drama transports the audience back to the early 1970s in the years before Roe v. Wade and the Violence Against Women Act. Agnes (Heather Deerfield) has created a safe haven in her quiet bed and breakfast… a space where victims of domestic violence are welcomed and can find peace. Her own college-bound daughter, Penny (Roxy Wolff), however, has begun to show signs of being influenced by tenant and runaway Mary Anne (Heather Warren), much to her chagrin. Paul (Alex Rodriguez) and Hannah (Kandace Crystal) round out the cast of this production which details how Agnes comes to terms with her own presumptions about the women in her care and how those presumptions are challenged by the feminist revolution taking flight.
Director Rachel Mink, reflecting about the importance of the production, shared that “it’s a powerful piece of theatre that will spark many conversations in the car on the way home…” and “the kind (of theatre) that asks hard questions and refuses to provide spoon-fed answers.” She also draws parallels between the social and political themes of the production, the #MeToo Movement, and Texas’ new abortion ban. As Mink said, “… at the end of the day, we are better people for expanding our perspectives and walking in another’s shoes for a couple of hours. We are more caring and understanding people when we learn to really listen.”
Patio Playhouse is proud to continue its partnership with BIPOC Support Foundation as we move to our indoor theatre location. BIPOC Support Foundation, a 501(c)(3) based out of San Diego County, is committed to empowering the lives and communities of Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color by providing resources, education, mentorship, and economic support. Their programs include Diving Deep, a book club series advancing decolonized educational resources, a Backpack Initiative, providing backpacks (filled with school supplies, literary items, and community resources) to underserved communities, and Women+s Work, a program aiming to promote BIPOC women+ so that they may show their strength, embrace their potential, and thrive beyond socio-political constructs. BIPOC Support Foundation can be found online at https://www.bipocsupportfoundation.org/ and on social media.
Tickets: Performances of When We Were Young and Unafraid will begin on Friday, October 8th and continue through October 31st. Performances will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. All shows will be presented at Patio Playhouse Theater, located at 116 S. Kalmia in Escondido. Tickets for this production are available for the cost of $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors/Military/Students, and $12 for Youth 16 and under. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For reservations, contact the Patio Playhouse box office at 760-746-6669, via email, or via the website at www.patioplayhouse.com. This production contains descriptions of domestic violence and sexual content. Attendees should review Patio Playhouse’s COVID-19 Policy in advance of purchasing tickets. All patrons attending Patio Playhouse performances (including children) must either show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (at least 14 days since the final dose), or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken in the prior 72 hours. You will not be able to enter the venue without a physical vaccination card/PCR test results meeting the above criteria or an electronic verification through the CA.gov Vaccine Record System (https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov). Additionally, all patrons (regardless of vaccination status) are required to wear masks over their nose and mouth at all times while inside the venue. Concessions will not be available during this production.
About the Company: Patio Playhouse is Escondido’s only community theater. Established in 1967, the playhouse is located in the heart of Escondido near the intersection of Kalmia and Grand. Patio Playhouse presents a full season of musicals, dramas, and comedies but is also known for its unique fee-free youth theater, which produces several shows a year while introducing live theatre to children through performance/crew opportunities and school performances. Patio also presents an annual summer season called Patio Plays in the Park, where patrons can enjoy an evening of musical theater under the stars at Kit Carson Amphitheater. Patio Playhouse is an independent, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To find out more about Patio Playhouse, please visit www.patioplayhouse.com