Opening night Thursday for Edmonds playwright’s ‘A Dropped Stitch’

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    Pompous Bertram (Robert Geller) woos a reluctant Bobbie (Manya Vee) as Mother (Elizabeth Pelham) helps out in Jeff Stilwell's new dramatic comedy, "A Dropped Stitch," opening Thursday at New Space Theatre.

    Get your tickets now for Edmonds playwright Jeff Stilwell’s new dramatic comedy, “A Dropped Stitch,” opening this Thursday at New Space Theatre in Shoreline.

    The play stars local actor Robert Geller as Bertram, “a conservative gentleman in a modern world with a loving nature,” Geller said. “I am approaching him just the way I’ve studied: being authentic to his back story, his conflicts, his trigger points, and responding truthfully to what the play brings out in him.”

    “Robert’s a lot of fun to work alongside,” said “A Dropped Stitch” leading lady Manya Vee. “He’s a real hoot, when he starts braying on and on about brushing one’s teeth as the ultimate act of civic responsibility. I really have to fight to keep a straight face.”

    In the play, a very conservative and traditional Bertram falls in love with independent and artistic Bobbie, played by Manya Vee. “Yes, both lovers have a rather large narrative arc to cross in 90 minutes of stagetime,” Stilwell said. “That’s what makes it fun. Enthralling, really. Once they get started down that path, we can’t really let them go. Luckily for us, both actors are really tearing into their parts with great abandon.”

    “A Dropped Stitch, Stilwell’s 16th play, runs for nine performances, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., starting this Thursday through Oct. 16. Tickets ($20) are available at 425-776-3778. For more information about the play, to read the script and meet the cast, visit NewClassicsTheatre.org.

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