Party Play: "The Sisters Rosensweig"


by 
Beth Fhaner
 | May 15, 2018

From the opening scene, Wendy Wasserstein’s comedy The Sisters Rosensweig captured the First Night audience’s attention and never let up, delivering two-plus hours of delightful performances and witty repartee in this captivating look at the quest for love, acceptance and self-fulfillment.

Along with generous laughter, the First Night audience showed their appreciation with enthusiastic applause and a standing ovation. It was obvious that Wasserstein’s smart, funny dialogue resonated with theatregoers and they greatly enjoyed the performances of the talented cast of eight actors under the direction of Casey Stangl. Led by Amy Aquino, Betsy Brandt and Eleanor Reissa as the three Rosensweig sisters (Sara, Pfeni and Gorgeous), the entire ensemble delivered impressive performances while transporting the audience to London in the early 1990s. The cast also includes Matthew Arkin, Bill Brochtrup, Emily James, Riley Neldam and Julian Stone.

First Night attendee and Honorary Producer Sandy Segerstrom Daniels found the play to be highly entertaining and was delighted by the camaraderie of the cast. “I thought it was fun and warm-hearted!” she said. “Throughout the entire evening, I felt like I was sitting with them in the living room!”

“BNY Mellon Wealth Management was honored to be an associate producer of SCR’s production of The Sisters Rosensweig! In our work, we develop a deep appreciation and understanding complex family dynamics. Given that background, we found the production highlights full of so many facets of complex human dynamics including our ability for acceptance and tolerance. We are glad we could play a part in bringing that to life,” said Carla L. Furuno, Regional President.

Guests who attended the post-show cast party on Ela’s Terrace were welcomed to an inviting scene with décor influenced by the play’s setting—a cozy, comfy sitting room in Queen Anne’s Gate, London, in August 1991. Along with periwinkle blue linens and gold Chiavari chairs, the English garden-inspired flowers—beautiful red roses and an abundance of spring greenery—added to the event’s festive ambiance.

The Avenue of the Arts Hotel catered the celebratory soiree, and partygoers feasted on an array of delectable appetizers including mini tea sandwiches (egg salad with chives, glazed ham and English mustard, and cucumber with mint and lemon butter), Asian-style crab salad on Belgian endive, and chicken curry puffs. Other menu highlights included classic pork sausage cassoulet and artisan bread with sweet butter, as well as the smoked salmon flatbread with chopped fresh herbs, capers, thinly sliced red onions and crème fraiche.

The evening’s signature drink was a “Pimm’s Cup,” which was comprised of Pimm’s No. 1 Liqueur, cucumber lemonade and ginger ale—a fitting libation to honor the setting of Sara’s 54th birthday celebration across the pond.

For an ultra-sweet finish to the evening, guests indulged in a selection of tempting mini pastries such as cheesecake, tarts, brownies, cookies and more, in addition to a gourmet tea service.

First Night guests were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the entire cast as well as with director Casey Stangl. All the while, lively conversation, laughter and accolades continued to swirl around The Sisters Rosensweig, Wasserstein’s enthralling comedy that closes out SCR’s 2017-18 season on the Segerstrom Stage on a lovely note.

Learn more about The Sisters Rosensweig and buy tickets.

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