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Thursday, April 19 News

'Skylight' reveals dynamics of 3 lives

When the lights come up on the Town Players of New Canaan's production of David Hare's "Skylight" Friday, May 2, at the Powerhouse Theater in Waveny Park, audience members will be drawn into the lives of a father and son who are finding their way following a death in the family.

"Skylight' will be performed at 8 p.m. May 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 and at 2:30 p.m. May 4 and 11.

"Skylight," directed by Tim Cronin, features three characters over the course of approximately 16 hours in London. Schoolteacher Kyra Hollis is visited by Edward Sergeant and his father, Tom. Kyra had been living with the Sargeant family years earlier, but left after her affair with Tom was discovered by Tom's wife, who has since died. Edward now accuses Kyra, once a waitress in Tom's restaurant, of having left him, as well, and he demands to know why.

Shortly thereafter, Tom, a wealthy restaurateur, appears unheralded and for no apparent reason. Kyra's less than glamorous lifestyle leads him to poke fun at her to the point of insult, accusing her of self-punishment. Edward's arrival at the top of the show sets in motion a young man's effort to make things right, and his visit to Kyra is a beginning to finding answers. "You just left," he said, and he quotes Freud, saying there is "a price to be paid for things not said." All this is an attempt to seek her help in reaching out to his father and perhaps bringing back some purpose and resolution to all their lives.

Later, upon Tom's unannounced arrival, director Tim Cronin said, "The evening unfolds with heated debates, love-making and realizations by each of the characters. They deal with the social class debate between the Thatcherites and the Socialists, which was prevalent in the 1990s, and these philosophical arguments get quite personal when they are reduced to such questions as what do you need to get through the day. Each person sees things through their own skylight that frames the world in a way they want to see it."

New Canaan's Tyler Giggi, who plays Edward, was last seen in the Town Players' 2013 production of "Of Mice and Men" and at New Canaan High School in "The Drowsy Chaperone," "Sweet Charity" and "Oklahoma." He is a student at the University of Vermont.

Fairfield resident Alexandra Burke, who plays Kyra, is making her Powerhouse debut. A graduate of Fairfield University, she has starred in such shows as "Three Sisters," "Romeo and Juliet" and "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Playing Tom, Bob Filipovich, also a Fairfield resident, has appeared in several TPNC productions, including "Same Time Next Year," "Love, Sex & the IRS," "Post Mortem," "Living Together" and "Follies."

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors and can be purchased by calling 203-966-7371 or visiting www.tpnc.org.