Past Drama:
Kentwood Players presents

Drive. by Emily Dodi. Director Tony Gatto. Assistant Director Sonia Quinones. Producer Christine Joëlle and Jordan Bland. July 10 – August 15, 2009
Drive tells a story about having the courage to take a chance - or settling for what you’ve got. This serious and often hilarious play follows Grace on her 35th birthday as she realizes that “good enough” is a very dangerous thing. Longing for a more passionate life, she goes for a drive in the pouring rain as she contemplates risking everything for a dream that might never come true.

On her journey, Grace meets Queenie, the owner of a dive bar who is pondering those very same questions. Both women search for answers; Grace seeks out some resolve from her husband Arthur’s analytical and sustaining echo, while Queenie’s much-younger lover Honey is persuading her to sell the bar and leave for a tropical paradise... in Florida! But they are hindered and supported in this comic and thought-provoking tale by Jim, Queenie’s old faithful friend who hides his own reasons for wanting her to stay, and Sally, a wisecracker barfly who surrendered to “good enough” long ago.

As the storm rages outside, a tempest builds inside the bar as both women face their demons and realize that maybe the only answer is what you’re willing to risk for a dream. After all, life is about finding out what drives you, isn’t it?

Drive is directed by Tony Gatto, who also helmed the play’s successful world premiere at The Company of Angels in 2004. Christine Joëlle and Jordan Bland are the producers for Kentwood Players. Featured in the Drive cast are Rebecca Avery, Margie Bates, Drew Fitzsimmons, Scot Renfro, Meredith M. Sweeney, and Alec Tomkiw.


Played by
Grace ············ Meredith M. Sweeney
Arthur ············ Alec Tomkiw
Jim ············ Scot Renfro
Honey ············ Drew Fitzsimmons
Sally ············ Margie Bates
Queenie ············ Rebecca Avery


Honey tries to force Queenie to make a decision!(from left) Scot Renfro, Meredith M. Sweeney, Alec Tomkiw, Drew Fitzsimmons, Rebecca Avery, Margie Bates
Can Grace really say goodbye to Arthur?(from left) Alec Tomkiw, Meredith M. Sweeney
Waxing on about life can prove to be funny.(from left) Rebecca Avery, Meredith M. Sweeney, Margie Bates
Honey has had it with Jim!(from left) Drew Fitzsimmons, Scot Renfro
Two lives intersect in a volatile time.(from left) Meredith M. Sweeney, Rebecca Avery
Jim has crossed the line!(from left) Rebecca Avery, Scot Renfro
Is passion really enough?(from left) Drew Fitzsimmons, Rebecca Avery
Will Grace have the courage to change?(from left) Meredith M. Sweeney, Alec Tomkiw
How much impact can any decision have?(from left) Meredith M. Sweeney, Rebecca Avery
There is sadness in safety.


Westchester Playhouse
8301 Hindry Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
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