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‘The Tin Woman’ Offers a Heartfelt Stage Journey for TATC Audiences


As the weather is warming up, we are preparing for our summer show at Theatre at the Center. The Tin Woman is a new play, running July 13 to Aug. 13 written by Sean Grennan, who wrote Making God Laugh, the stage work which delighted our audiences in 2012. I have known Sean for years and since my first encounter with The Tin Woman, I knew I wanted the chance to work on it. It is a beautiful and touching story which centers around Joy who has received a heart transplant. As she recovers, she questions whether she really deserves a second chance. Meanwhile, the donor’s family is trying to heal after the loss of their son, Jack. At a friend's urging, Joy tracks down Jack's family.

The idea for The Tin Woman was born when Sean’s sister, actress Erin Grennan, brought him a newspaper clipping she’d saved for years. It was a story about a woman who had received a heart transplant. Upon meeting the family of her donor, the similarities between the two were striking. The man’s family quickly grew to love her and knew that their son would have loved her, too. Erin told Sean she thought there was a play in that kernel of a story, and Sean was on his way. (And I am happy to share that Erin will be starring as Joy in our production.)

I was lucky enough to read an early draft of The Tin Woman and was immediately taken with the interesting characters, beautiful relationships, and moving story. A short while later, I had the pleasure of attending the world premiere production and found myself laughing, crying, and incredibly moved. This play is really special. I am thrilled to be in the role of director for this run as we bring this moving story filled with humor, family and spirt to Theatre at the Center audiences. I hope everyone will join us for this incredible story of love, loss and hope.

For tickets, call (219) 836-3255 or visit www.TheatreAtTheCenter.com.

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