4000 Miles is the Modern-Day Odd Couple

Photo by David Cooper
Photo by David Cooper

Nicola Cavendish and Nathan Barrett star in the tender tale of a lively 91-year-old New Yorker whose 21-year-old grandson shows up unexpectedly on her doorstep. Having cycled across the country with no money, nowhere to go, and no other choice, Leo (Barrett) turns to his grandmother, Vera (Cavendish).  Amidst the bickering and disputes, an unlikely relationship is formed allowing the two to learn, grow and find their way in an ever-changing world. The play, 4000 Miles, written by Amy Herzog, was not only a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, but was a winner of the 2012 Obie Award for Best New American Play, and named Time Magazine’s #1 Play or Musical of 2012.

Director, Roy Surette, is no stranger to Cavendish, whom he directed in Shirley Valentine, Dirty Blond, and her own It’s Snowing on Saltspring. Surette also had the pleasure of staging 4000 Miles‘ Canadian Premiere at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal this past spring.

Inspired by her 89-year-old father, Cavendish, who has been absent from the stage for three years since the death of her husband, hopes to do the challenging role justice. She has performed previously at the Stanley in several plays including Mrs. Dexter and Her Daily, by Joanna Glass and Glorious, by Peter Quilter.

4000 Miles will be running at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage from September 11 – October 12, 2014. For more info or to buy tickets, check out: http://artsclub.com/shows/2014-2015/4000-miles