Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 4:00 PM
Directed by Percy Thomas
Countdown To The Happy Day is a two-character drama that depicts, in gritty street language and with occasional grim humor, the unlikely involvement of Gertie, thirties/ forties and a self-inflicted street person, and Cervin, a hulking fifteen-year old, both of whom are African American. From their initial encounter on a nighttime city street, the two are chary of each other and emotionally combustible. Gertie, a troubled Army vet, resists being drawn into the world of Cervin, a seventh-grade dropout. Their relationship, nonetheless, grows ever more overlaid, complex, and inevitable. In the playÍs final moments they together chant a ñcountdownî to a happy day they both so crave and for which they continue waiting.
A former Shubert Playwriting Fellow, Tom Stephens has written dozens of plays, long and short. His plays have been produced or developed at numerous venues, including the National Playwrights Conference of the Eugene OÍNeill Theater Center (A Name for the Moon, 1993); Berkeley Stage Company; Source Theatre Company (first original play to be staged); Pittsburgh New Play Festival; University of Virginia; D.C.Ís Capital Fringe Festival; Dallas Theater Center; American Conservatory Theatre; Audrey Skirball Kennis Theatre; Barter TheatreÍs Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights; the John F. Kennedy CenterÍs Page to Stage Festival; and Ashland New Plays Festival. Honors include Actors Contemporary Ensemble Playwriting Award; Wheaton College Playwriting Competition Award; Doorway Arts Ensemble Playwriting Award; and the Charles M. Getchell New Play Award of the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Tom is a member of The Dramatists Guild.