Suzanne Gold and her close-knit New York family are delighted to hear she is pregnant, however a (fictional) prenatal genetic test reveals that the baby will most likely be gay. The news forces the entire Gold family to confront issues of bigotry, evolution, and the limits of love.
Jonathan Tolins’ The Twilight of the Golds has been called ‘a meditation on ethics, opera, freedom of choice, and the future of the species’ (LA Times) sheathed in snappy dialogue and comedic situations. The play tackles an issue that is as current and controversial today as it was when it was first seen on Broadway in the 1990s.
“The Twilight of the Golds combines biting comedy and thought provoking drama, with a light dose of opera thrown into the mix,” says director Michael Leeds. “I think it will keep audiences riveted throughout the evening, and talking about it for days.”
The Broward Stage Door Theatre’s producer Derelle Bunn has assembled a talented cast to bring Tolins’ characters to life: James Hesse, Sarah Miller, Jeffrey Scott Leshansky, Larry Bramble, and Phyllis Spear.
James Hesse, who will play David Gold, says, “My favorite quote from the play is “When art is at its most outrageous, when it cannot be easily believed, that is when it most resembles life,” because I think it sums up the importance and the purpose of theater very nicely. Theatre is the world’s longest oral tradition; we have always needed stories to better understand the world we live in. And this play, The Twilight of the Golds, is a story the world needs to hear now. The subject matter is becoming more relevant as science is progressing and we are getting closer to “designer babies””, says Hesse. “Families may soon have to make the same decision the Gold family is making in this show.”
“The Twilight of the Golds is a play about the dissolution of a family,” says Phyllis Spear who will take on the role of the mother, Phyllis Gold. “The playwright has dealt with the situation with humor and pathos. My character deals with the question of how much should we as parents be involved in our adult childrens’ lives.”
The Twilight of the Golds will run from September 20th to October 27th at The Broward Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Coral Springs.
Tickets for The Twilight of the Golds are $38; $16 student tickets are also available. Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at www.stagedoortheatre.com
Critical Praise for The Twilight of the Golds:
“Funny, thoughtful, and almost eerily topical.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“A marvelous achievement at all levels.” – USA Today
“An entertaining theatrical tempest.” – Washington Times
“A rich, intelligent, articulate piece of work.” – L.A. Times
The Twilight of the Golds
By: Jonathan Tolins
September 20 – October 27
Tickets: $38 (Students $16)
Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00 pm,
Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm
The Broward Stage Door Theatre
8036 W Sample Rd
Coral Springs, Fl 33065