July 19, 2021
by Brad Ogdenâ
The Irvington Theater continues its summer of in-person outdoor events on July 23, 24 and 25 with the New York premiere of Adam Szymkowicz’s beautifully funny new play, The parking, a co-production with River’s Edge Theater Company.
Some married couples go to therapy to solve their problems, but in this play Terry and J take a very different approach. By identifying the pros and cons of staying together and taking stock of their shared past, this courageous couple will decide their fate – in a parking lot – and explore what it means to love and be loved, even when opposing forces are at play. .
Szymkowicz wrote this play in the early months of the pandemic for two actors who were quarantined together to perform outdoors for a socially distant audience. As such, River’s Edge Theater Company co-founders (and real married couple) Meghan and David Covington co-star.
Rivertown audiences will be able to watch from blankets and chairs on the lawn at Irvington Main Street School, and the school parking lot will transform into an outdoor stage. As J says in the room, âA parking lot is an empty canvas. Parking can be anything. It can be anything.
âWhat I love about this play is that it’s a ‘pandemic play’ not to mention the pandemic,â says David Covington of Szymkowicz’s timely work. “There are a lot of couples, quarantined together, having the same discussions as Terry and J.”
âWe felt the play expressed a lot of our own thoughts and values ââwhen it comes to relationships, love and even drama,â adds Meghan Covington, who plays J. âIt’s a play about the search for a middle ground, and that’s an honest reflection of human experience. We just had to get him on his feet.
The parking marks the first fully staged production of River’s Edge Theater Company, which the Covingtons founded in 2019. As with all of their productions, 10% of proceeds will go to charity; this time it’s One Love Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the relational health of future generations. Jessica Irons, artistic director of the Ossining Theater, directs the double while Joanna Levine is musical director and composer. Andrew Irons provides lighting and sound, and Alex Fletcher manages the stage.
Safety is a top priority for Irvington Theater, and all COVID protocols will be followed in accordance with up-to-date CDC and New York State guidelines. For the latest information, visit irvingtontheater.com/safety.
Customers are welcome to join Irvington Theater and River’s Edge Theater Company for The parking July 23-25 ââon the lawn behind Main Street School, located at 101 Main Street, Irvington, NY 10533.
The dates of the shows are as follows:
Friday July 23 at 8 p.m.
Saturday July 24 at 8 p.m.
Sunday July 25 at 8 p.m.
(Refunds will be made in the event of bad weather.)
As the performances were originally scheduled for July 17 and 18, customers who have already purchased tickets for these dates can transfer their tickets to another performance or receive a refund.
Please note that there will be no public washrooms available during these performances.
All tickets cost $ 25 and must be purchased in advance at irvingtontheater.com/parkinglo
River’s Edge Theater Company reflects the human experience, sparks conversation and inspires social change through quality, thought-provoking theater. They shine a light on society’s most pressing issues while inviting viewers to go beyond the limits of their comfort zone.
Irvington Theater is home to a diverse range of innovative programs that entertain, enlighten and inspire, asserting itself over its 119-year history as the cultural heart of the Rivertowns. Their current season, #Irvington Anywhere, offers both in-person and online streaming events.
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