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'Sirens' features Darienites in lead roles

Published 10:21 am, Sunday, March 16, 2014
  • James Kamensky, Sarah Smegal and Regina Elliott practice their lines for the upcoming play "Sirens" at the Darien Arts Center March 14 to 29 in the Weatherstone Studio. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / Darien News
    James Kamensky, Sarah Smegal and Regina Elliott practice their lines for the upcoming play "Sirens" at the Darien Arts Center March 14 to 29 in the Weatherstone Studio. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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Darien's talent is given a place to shine in the Darien Arts Center Stage's performance of "Sirens" by Deborah Zoe Laufer running through March 29.

Directed by Carin Zakes, who has experience in community theater, the show uses humor to explore one couple's recommitment to each other and their relationship.

Performances are March 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees March 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. All shows will take place in the DAC Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Road. The March 15 performance will feature a talk back session with the cast and director.,

Joseph Maker, Darien resident and attorney, portrays Sam Abrams, a husband of 25 years who struggles with his sense of passion, loss of youth and fear that his creative edge is gone. Maker got his start with the St. John Rectory Players of Stamford, joined the Darien Actors/Playwrights Workshop for several roles and has performed at the Darien Library One Acts Weekend and at the Westport Community Theatre.

His character, Sam, is married to Rose, played by Regina Elliott, who is a voice instructor with the Darien Arts Center Music Department. She has a Bachelor of Arts in music from University of California and a master's degree in vocal performance from University of Connecticut, and has experience in theater, opera, cabaret and musical theater.

The character of Richard, played by James Kamensky, a Darien resident and recent graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, is an old flame of Rose Abrams, adding an interesting twist to the story line. Kamensky trained with the Atlantic Acting School and Stonestreet Studios in Manhattan in preparation for his professional acting career.

The Siren, played by Sarah Smegal, becomes a catalyst for Sam Abrams to recognize and appreciate the love that he has. Smegal has been acting locally for more than 14 years in theaters around Fairfield and Westchester counties.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 203-655-5414 or visiting www.darienarts.org.