Last Summer at Bluefish Cove

By Jane Chambers

Directed by Laurie Attea

Last Summer at Bluefish Cove is an engaging story about a tight knit group of eight women who reunite for the summer at a beachfront called Bluefish Cove for fun, rest, and relaxation: think Big Chill for lesbians. It's the summer of 1979 and one of the women in the group is stricken with an illness that forces her, as well as everyone else, to reevaluate her life while dealing with issues relating to family, life, death, love, relationships, sex, and, especially, with the fact that they are lesbians-some having already come out of the closet-while others have not.

It's a funny, moving story of friendship, love, and loss-it's also a bittersweet love story. Written by playwright Jane Chambers in 1980, this was the first lesbian-positive play on Broadway, a topic that, at that time, was considered taboo.

The story revolves around eight women who are dealing with issues ranging from love, romance, monogamy, infidelity and family. A strong foundation of love and support is what will ultimately sustain them in the difficult times. It's this love that ultimately saves the weakest one in the group, and they learn from each other about strength and determination, and on the importance of being truthful with yourself and, most of all, about-facing your fears.

Produced by StageQ at Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin Street, Madison

Performances: September 3-25, 2010

Performance Times:

Friday, September 3, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 4, 8:00 pm
Thursday, September 9, 7:30 pm
Friday, September 10, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 11, 8:00 pm
Thursday, September 16, 7:30 pm
Friday, September 17, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 18, 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 19, 2:00 pm
Thursday, September 23, 7:30 pm
Friday, September 24, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 25, 8:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $10 on Thursday and Sunday; $15 on Friday and Saturday.

Call 608-661-9696, ext 3 for reservations or more information.

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