[CHATHAM, NY] – PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century presents Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End a staged reading by Nancy Rothman. This one-woman play is a tribute to the columnist and humorist who lovingly satirized the plight of the suburban housewife. The performance will take place over Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, at PS21’s new state-of-the-art theater located at 2980 Route 66 in the town of Chatham.
From the 1960s to the 1980s, Bomback was a widely-syndicated columnist. She published 15 books, most of which became best sellers. In addition, Bomback used her fame to support the 1978 women’s Equal Rights Amendment.
“For me, this is a chance to re-enter and reanimate a pivotal time in the lives of many American women,” Rothman explained. “It was often one of her columns that ended up on my mother’s refrigerator.”
Many women, after working throughout World War II, were encouraged to stay at home and raise children. “Outside work conveniently was to be non-intrusive, children’s homework checked, meals on the table, and husbands cheered on,” Rothman said. “These women were often desperate for a laugh or at least a compassionate, wry nod.” Alison and Margaret Engel wrote the piece and Harry Rothman will direct.
“I first performed this play at the Theatre Sounds play-reading series in Kingston in 2017, and it was very well received.” Rothman said. “I am thrilled to be able to offer Erma Bombeck’s timeless wisdom and wit to audiences at PS21’s brand new theatre.”
Tickets for the “At Wit’s End” are $20 general admission and $15 for PS21 members. Performances will be held at 8:00pm on Saturday, May 12 and 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 13. Tickets can be purchased at www.ps21chatham.org, by calling 1-800-838-3006, or at the door until the show sells out. For more information about this event or any other, please visit ps21chatham.org or call (518) 392-6121.
PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is a not-for-profit organization in Chatham, NY, dedicated to the performing arts and to serving a diverse community with concerts, programs and residencies by professional artists and ensembles, youth and children’s programming and cultural education opportunities for all ages.
PS21’s new theater, which replaces the tent that served as the main venue for twelve years, has an elegant, flexible design and includes state of the art sound and lighting. The black box is a flexible 40’x60’ performance space that is enclosed in the winter and seats up to 99. In warmer months, the east wall slides open and the black box theater transforms into the stage for the 300-seat open-air pavilion theater.
This performance of “At Wit’s End” is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by PS21’s generous members.