On Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, when The Madwoman in the Volvo had its world premiere at South Coast Repertory, Sandra Tsing Loh added “playwright” to her credits which already include NPR commentator, adjunct professor (at the University of California, Irvine), stand-up comic, performance artist and bestselling author.
The First Night audience was with Loh all the way along her bumper car ride through midlife “madness” and all it entails. So were her two sidekicks (who popped up in many guises, both male and female), Caroline Aaron and Shannon Holt.
After the show, the three women—plus an important fourth, director Lisa Peterson—were the stars of the Cast Party, co-sponsored by Seasons 52 at its South Coast Plaza restaurant. The play’s desert setting (minus the Burning Man) was duplicated in the decorations that included delicate touches of sand and succulents arranged throughout the restaurant.
Along with scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, guests were treated to the restaurant's signature “mini indulgence” desserts. Enjoying the food, drink and atmosphere—and leading the cheers for Sandra and the other Madwoman artists—were Individual Honorary Producers Steve and Laurie Duncan.
“We were so impressed at the ability of Sandra and her costars to take her very personal story, and share it with us in a warm, entertaining and funny manner,” said Steve. “The show generated a wide range of emotions that both men and women can relate to and appreciate!"
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