WITH PERMISSION FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT AND MARQUIS LITERARY
Eagle Eye Community Theatre & Presentation House Theatre
Armed with a copy of “Sex for Dummies,” Alice and Henry check themselves into a trendy spa hotel with a mission: to jump-start their 25-year marriage. Time has taken its toll – so have kids, stress and gravity. In desperation, Alice has decided that they either make this final, major effort to save their marriage, or they get a divorce and go their separate ways. Can they embrace all the wild suggestions Alice keeps pulling from her handy-dandy marriage-saving manual? Does Alice have the courage to unearth her inner vixen? Is Henry prepared to see his fifty-plus wife, and mother of his children, dressed in black leather?
Alice and Henry share their erotic fantasies, exchange recriminations, and take turns confessing the details of their mid-life crises as the play flips from comedic to serious and back again. Henry and Alice’s touching and hilarious rediscovery of themselves and their inspiring efforts to restore their marriage will resonate with audiences of all ages. By turns poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, Sexy Laundry is a romantic comedy guaranteed to strike a deep and resounding chord.
Amy Reid as Alice
Pierce Ivan as Henry
Michael K. Hewitt | Director, Scenography
Kathryn Daniels | Producer
Tea I. Stefiuk | Production Stage Manager
Janet Dundas | Costume Designer
Properties | Louise Jardine-Ourum & Jennifer Thompson
Chris French | Lead Scenic Carpenter
Chris Manuel | Scenic Carpenter / Assistant Deck Hand
Michele Riml is a critically acclaimed playwright from Vancouver, British Columbia. Michele began writing at 17, when her first play Souvenirs (short version) won first place in The BC Young Playwrights Search. She has since gone on to write 14 more plays, which have been widely produced. Her plays include Under the Influence, Poster Boys, RAGE, Souvenirs, On the Edge, The Amaryllis, and Miss Teen.
Her plays Sexy Laundry and Henry and Alice: Into the Wild have become international hits with ongoing productions in Canada, USA, Poland, Germany, Lithuania, New Zealand, Iceland, Mexico, the USA and Czech Republic. Sexy Laundry has been translated into nine languages and is published by Playwrights Canada Press (available on Amazon).
Michele also writes for young audiences and is an advocate for theatre for young people. Her issue based plays were all commissioned by Canada’s Green Thumb Theatre and include The Skinny Lie, The Invisible Girl and Tree Boy, most recently published by National Geographic. Her play RAGE won the 2005 Sydney Risk prize for Outstanding Original Play and was recently produced in Washington DC.
Michele is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a degree in Fine and Performing Arts and in 2008 she was nominated for Canada’s prestigious Siminovitch Prize. Her newest full length play The Cull, co-written with her husband Michael St. John Smith, will premiere in Vancouver, BC in the fall of 2020. She is currently working on a new musical with British singer/songwriter David Ford, as well as a third installment to the story of her most popular characters – Henry and Alice.