I was inspired to write it as my husband and went to visit the bench in the Arboretum dedicated to his best friend who passed away a number of years ago. Usually it’s free, but it was a hot day and there were some folks sitting on it, so we went to a bench opposite, watched and waited – for some time, actually, enough to give me the idea for the play.
As for my bio, I’ve had plays produced in NYC, California, Washington and Massachusetts. I’m a former media writer/producer and my book, How I Learned I’m Old is a big hit with Baby Boomer women.
Cindy Giese French
Cindy is very grateful to her As If partner, Amy, who came up with this grand scheme to keep people busy and creative during a pandemic. It’s been great fun to watch people working with (and sometimes hugely failing at) using Zoom), read new works from talented local playwright folx, and take time out of her busy schedule of alcoholism and gluttony to play with the actors.
Jason Gingold is a huge fan of As If Theater Company and was delighted to work with them on these Quickies. Jason has an MFA from UW’s PATP and has appeared in plays and musicals throughout Seattle. Some favorite recent roles include Mr. Wormwood in Matilda at Bainbridge Performing Arts and Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps with Lamplight Productions. When he’s not on stage, Jason enjoys doofing around with his amazing wife, Molly, and his talented, hilarious kids, Sadie and Charlie.
Molly has been a theatre artist all her life as an actor, choreographer, writer, and drama educator. Favorite recent roles include Miss Honey in Matilda (Bainbridge Performing Arts), Debra in Kimberly Akimbo (As If Theatre Co.), and Tanya in Mamma Mia! (Kitsap Forest Theater). She has her MFA in Acting from the University of Washington and is a proud co-founder of As If Theatre Co. She is thrilled to be making art in whatever way possible during this unprecedented time, and is beyond thankful to all the artists involved with AITC who have lent their energy and talent to make that possible.
Amy Gentry is the Managing Director of As If Theatre Company. She was seen in their first production, The Clean House, and will be performing in The Cake this fall. Amy currently spends her days managing marketing for area theatres, “teaching” her kids, enjoying her pets, and mastering being a homebody.