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Family Ties: 'From Up Here' Staged at The Summit Playhouse Feb. 27 - Mar. 14


SUMMIT, NJ - The award-winning Alliance Repertory Theatre Company will present "From Up Here", a play surrounding a family limping out the door in the morning and coming home no matter what, opening February 27 and continuing through March 14 at The Summit Playhouse.

Nominated for the 2008 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards, "From Up Here" features protagonist character Kenny Barret, who did something that has everyone worried.  Barret wishes he could just make it through the rest of his senior year unnoticed, but that's going to be hard since he has to publicly apologize to his entire high school.  While at home, his mother is struggling with a rocky start to her second marriage and a surprise visit from her estranged sister.
"From Up Here" will star he Beth Painter (Grace), Mitchell Vargas (Kenny), Melanie Randall (Lauren), Kelly Maizenaski (Caroline), Danny Siegel (Daniel), Graham Mazie (Charlie), Alicia Cordero (Kate), and Chip Prestera (Goldberger/Stevens).

Michael Driscoll, who will direct, described the play's compelling, timely content.  "Liz Flahive's play captures the feeling of today's teenagers struggling to make their way in high school, and the angst and awkwardness of adolescent interchanges.  It's a play about the modern American family which, although dysfunctional, shows a great amount of love."   Driscoll added, The play also emphasizes how vital it is to communicate with one another because there are so many people who don't.  And that it's very important to face emotions and to be fearless about them."
Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., with a matinee on March 1 at 2 p.m. and a March 12 show at 8 p.m.  Tickets are priced at $20 for adults, $15 for students, with reservations available at, or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800 / 838-3006.  The Summit Playhouse is located at 10 New England Avenue.


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