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2017 Ripcord LongSlide

Ripcord - A hilarious comedy that packs a heartfelt punch

Posted on 05/01/2017 6:33pm by Jennifer Madigan

Imagine The Odd Couple meets The Golden Girls when two mismatched roommates wage war with each other over the most desirable room in their Retirement Home in the hilarious new comedy Ripcord, playing May 5th – 14th at The Public Theatre.

A sunny room on an upper floor of the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility is considered prime real estate.  So, when Abby is forced to share her room with an infuriatingly chipper woman named Marilyn, she decides to get rid of her by any means possible. However, Marilyn loves her new room so much that not only does she refuse to leave, but she’s now asking for Abby’s bed by the window! Battle lines are soon drawn as these two new roommates make a bet with each other to determine who will get the living situation of their choice. Don’t miss the New England premiere of this recent Off-Broadway hit by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Fuddy Meers and Good People.

Director Christopher Schario says, “I love the way this hilarious comedy simultaneously packs a heartfelt punch”.  He also believes that watching each woman get pushed beyond her comfort zone and bouncing back even stronger is a valuable reminder that we’re never too old to keep growing and learning new things about ourselves. Schario promises that Ripcord’s celebration of strong older women and the way it reminds us to connect with the people in our lives, makes this play a great gift for Mother’s day.

Voted the “Best theatre in Maine” four years in a row by Down East Magazine, The Public Theatre brings the best talent from Broadway and beyond to Lewiston.  Five of the six actors are New York based professionals who have previously performed at The Public Theatre. The role of “crabby” Abby will be played by Cecilia Riddett and her chipper new roommate Marilyn by Maura O’Brien. Marilyn’s visiting daughter and son-in-law will be played by Heather Dilly and Torsten Hillhouse, and Scotty, the retirement home worker will be played by Mike Anthony. The role of Abby’s son Benjamin will be played by Portland based actor Rob Cameron.

The Public Theatre’s Annual Silent Auction will be held in the lobby during the run of the production. The Wine-Down Thursday performance, featuring a free-pre-show wine sampling hosted by Rails Restaurant, will start at 6:30 pm in the theatre’s lobby on Thursday, May 11th. A free post-show discussion featuring the cast and director will directly follow the Sunday, May 7th performance.

Ripcord runs May 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14.  Show times are Thurs/Fri/Sat at 7:30pm, Sun 2pm, with an extra Sat matinee on May 13 at 3pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 anyone 18 and under. For tickets call 782-3200 or visit