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Hilarity and Geriatric Shenanigans Abound in Aurora Theatre’s ‘Greener Pastures’ 

(left to right) Robert Hindsman, Ellen McQueen and Gina Rickicki // Photos by Casey Ford

The penultimate production in Aurora Theatre’s record-breaking Season 28 is the hilarious Lori Fischer comedy, Greener Pastures. This play will be presented on the Clyde and Sandra Strickland Grand Stage from March 21 through April 14.

In a story that’s been lauded as a mix between The Golden Girls and The Odd Couple, forty-eight-year-old Dorothy is mistakenly allowed to take up residence at Greener Pastures Retirement Center. She gladly accepts this loophole, taking her away from her humiliating job as a singing sandwich on a children’s show, much to the chagrin of her new retirement home roommate Maxine.

Vanessa J. Roberts and the cast of Greener Pastures

Chaos and hilarity ensue as Dorothy, Maxine and the retired residents seek to find happiness and solace in the place they call home. 

“I love being able to call playwright Lori Fischer a friend. She’s smart, southern, successful … and a woman,” said Producing Artistic Director Ann-Carol Pence.

Greener Pastures was scheduled as part of the season that COVID canceled. Even before the pandemic, we were committed to uplifting female playwrights. I love Lori’s style of writing so much, we produced her musical Barbara’s Blue Kitchen as a virtual stage production in 2020. As someone in the throes of caring for my elderly mother, I love that this comedy shines the light on aging in a way we can laugh through our tears,” she added. 

Kelly Criss

Greener Pastures is very relatable as the topics of housing and communities for ages 55 and over. Aurora Theatre’s production stars Gina Rickicki as Dorothy and Ellen McQueen as Maxine. Rounding out the cast are regional favorites Robert Hindsman, David Rucker III, Vanessa J. Roberts, Kelly Criss and Marguerite Hannah. Greener Pastures is directed by Suzi Bass and Tiffany Porter

This production is proudly sponsored by Park Place by Highlands, a brand-new 55 and over rental community in the heart of Downtown Lawrenceville. The play features the scenic design of award-winning duo Moriah and Isabel Curley-Clay, the costume design of Alisha Lawrence, and lighting design of Aurora Theatre’s head of lighting, Isaac Burrier

Gina Rickicki and Robert Hindsman

Regular show times are as follows: 

  • Thursday through Saturday: 8 p.m. 
  • Saturday: 2:30 p.m., 8 p.m. 
  • Sunday: 2:30 p.m

Recommended for ages 11 and up, Greener Pastures contains mild language and some adult themes. This production will be presented March 21 through April 14. Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased online at my.lvilleartscenter.com or by calling the Box Office at 678-226-6222. 

Photo caption: (left to right) Robert Hindsman, Ellen McQueen and Gina Rickicki // Photos by Casey Ford.

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