Douglaston Community Theatre to perform first live production since COVID-19

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The Douglaston Community Theatre will be performing ‘Social Security’ throughout May. (Photo courtesy of Douglaston Community Theatre)

The Douglaston Community Theatre will be performing Andrew Bergman’s comedic play “Social Security” at the Zion Parish Church throughout May. This play will mark the theater’s first live production since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Social Security” is about a married couple who operate as art dealers in Manhattan. Their peaceful lives are thrown for a loop when the wife’s sister drops their eccentric mother off there so she and her husband can go see their daughter in college. Hilarity ensues when the mother starts to hit it off with the art dealer couple’s best client.

According to Douglaston Community Theatre President Michael Wolf, the play reading committee wanted the first live performance back to be a comedy to cheer people up after the pandemic. Eventually, “Social Security” was chosen.

“This is our first live production since February 2020,” Wolf said. “Everyone at the theater is very excited to be back doing productions. I also think the audience will be very impressed by what they see.”

The play will be directed by Gary Tifeld. Cast members for the play include Toni Allen, Jonathon Baker, Terri Bonica, Cathy Chimenti, Frank DiSpigno, Kathleen Nadal Eberhardt and Christopher Tyrkko.

Prior to this upcoming performance, the last show put on by the Douglaston Community Theatre after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic was a Zoom production of Norm Foster’s “Office Hours” last summer.

There will be 8 p.m. performances of the show every Friday and Saturday from May 6 to 21. Additionally, there will be 2 p.m. shows on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 22. Tickets for the event are $22 for the public and $20 for students and seniors.