( Fri., Sep. 30, 2022 - Sun., Oct. 9, 2022 )
Mountcastle Forum, 251 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
40+ Stage Company is proud to announce the premier of “Rhonda’s Rites of Passage” a play by Winston-Salem playwright Grace Ellis. Forty-something Rhonda Lee Morgan is Ellis’ heroine in this magical comedy directed by Lara Ianni. Rhonda discovers an opportunity to revive her career as an actor—a career she abandoned twenty years ago when she dropped out of college to start a family. Aiding her in her pursuit of a residency with the Manhattan Players are two friends from her creativity group, her drama teacher from college, and a musician from the local little theater. The comedy begins when Rhonda struggles to escape the demands of her family—a health-fanatic daughter, a genial goof-off son, a narcissistic husband, and a demented grandmother—as well as the objections of her psychiatrist, her employer, and the fearsome gatekeeper for the program in New York. Ellis has a message underneath the laughter—it’s never too late, even if we find ourselves entangled in a net of our own making.