May 29, 2013
05:03 PMConnecticut Today
Ever wonder what it would be like to be the child of a world-famous star? You’ll get more than a glimpse from Lucky Me, the one-woman theater piece by Sachi Parker that opens this Friday at the Off-Broadway Theatre in New Haven.
Parker is the daughter of iconic actress Shirley MacLaine, and her play, written with Frederick Stroppel, takes us on a tour of Parker’s remarkable life so far. She was born in L.A. but raised by her father, Steve Parker, in Tokyo, attended boarding schools in England and Switzerland, worked in Hawaii and France, was engaged to an Australian rancher, traveled the world as a flight attendant for Qantas Airlines, and finally settled down with mom in Malibu, which is when things really get interesting.
According to co-writer Stroppel, a New York-based playwright, the play is not only Sachi’s story but a compelling snapshot of America in the second half of the 20th century. “It spans the Rat-Pack-Vegas-“Mad Men” world of the ’60s through the free-love, consciousness-raising ’70s to the New Age self-absorption of the ’80s and ’90s,” he says.
It’s also the story of the clash of two culture, he adds, with the Japanese ideal of serenity and reserve butting up against the American dictum of winner-takes-all. "But ultimately,” says Stroppel, “it’s a bittersweet love letter to a mother who’s at once universally beloved and an enigmatic puzzle—a larger-than-life figure who commands the spotlight and yet seems always beyond reach.”
Sachi Parker is an accomplished actress who’s done extensive theater work in New York and Los Angeles, and appeared in many films, including Stick, Back to the Future, Peggy Sue Got Married and Scrooged. The play is directed by Douglas Moser, with Joanna Keylock is producing.
The Off-Broadway Theatre, 41 Broadway (behind Toad’s Place), New Haven. For contact info, call 203/305-7762 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Lucky Me