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The Savannah Sipping Society

The Savannah Sipping Society
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 50
Pub. Date: 2016
ISBN-10: ‎ 082223467X
ISBN-13: 9780822234678
Cast Size: 4 female

About the Play:

The Savannah Sipping Society is a full-length comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten (collectively called "Jones Hope Wooten" in their credits). The hilarious, heart-felt, laugh-a-minute comedy follows four unique, strong female characters joined together by fate – and happy hour – as they set out to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they've lost through the years. The Savannah Sipping Society reminds us all that joy comes through living life in the moment.

The Savannah Sipping Society is about forging friendships and then getting on with life. After a chance meeting at a hot yoga class, four middle-aged women from different walks of life, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate – and an impromptu happy hour – and decide it's high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they've lost through the years. Randa, a perfectionist and workaholic, is struggling to cope with a surprise career derailment that, unfortunately, reveals that she has no life and no idea how to get one. Dot, still reeling from her husband's recent demise and the loss of their plans for an idyllic retirement, faces the unsettling prospect of starting a new life from scratch – and all alone. Earthy and boisterous Marlafaye, a good ol' Texas gal, has blasted into Savannah in the wake of losing her tom-cattin' husband to a twenty-three-year-old dental hygienist. The strength of her desire to establish a new life is equaled only by her desire to wreak a righteous revenge on her ex. Also new to town, Jinx, a spunky ball of fire, offers her services as a much-needed life coach for these women. However, blinded by her determination and efforts to get their lives on track, she over-looks the fact that she's the one most in need of sage advice. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment – and most importantly, realize it's never too late to make new old friends. So raise your glass to these strong Southern women and their fierce embrace of life and say "Cheers!" to this joyful and surprisingly touching Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy!

The Savannah Sipping Society premiered in 2016 at Gypsy Theatre Company in the Sylvia Beard Theatre in Buford, Georgia. Since then the play has been produced widely at community theatres across the North America.

Cast: 4 female

About the Playwright:

Jessie Jones co-authored the Off-Broadway Southern-fried funeral comedy, Dearly Departed, which has become a perennial theatre favourite across the US and around the world. She also co-wrote its hit feature film adaptation, Kingdom Come, which was released by Fox Searchlight Films and starred LL Cool J and Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg.

Nicholas Hope, winner of the Texas New Playwrights' Award, was Director of Casting for Theatre Communications Group in New York, The Goodman Theatre in Chicago and ABC Television in New York and Los Angeles. With Jessie Jones, he wrote for the Emmy-winning Disney television series Teacher's Pet, starring Tony Award winner, Nathan Lane. Together with Jones and Wooten, Nicholas wrote for USA, WB, UPN, SYFY, Nickelodeon and Fox.

Jamie Wooten was a regular writer and producer for many seasons of the classic TV series The Golden Girls, where he won the Writers Guild of America award. He co-created the CBS series, The Five Mrs. Buchanans, starring Oscar winner Eileen Heckart and Tony winners Judith Ivey and Harriet Harris. He was the executive producer of the Fox comedy, The Crew, NBC's For Your Love and UPN's Half & Half. A Billboard Award-winning songwriter, he has written tunes for television and film.