BAGE A4, KEIZERTIMES, OCTOBER 19, 2018 KeizerCommunity KEIZERTIMES.COM Keizer Homegrown brings The Quality of Life to the stage KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley Robert Herzog, standing, Danna Swanenberg and Franca Hernandez act out a scene from The Quality of Life, opening Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Keizer Cultural Center. NOW OFFERING 2 CLINICS TO SERVE YOU CALL 503-391-9112 NEW SOUTH OFFICE 1010 13th St SE, Salem 1797 Lansing Ave NE, Salem W W W . N W F A M I L Y C H I R O . N E T By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Jesse Whitehead had not directed a Keizer Homegrown Theatre show in four years when he received a phone call from the troupe’s founder— Linda Baker. She had a script, The Qual- ity of Life, for Whitehead to read. “I didn’t know anything about the play so I didn’t know what to expect and I read it and I was just real- ly, really moved by it. I called her back and I said, ‘I hate you because I have to direct this now.’” The Quality of Life opens Friday Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Keizer Cultural Center, 980 Chemawa Rd. NE, with additional shows Oct. 20, 26- 27 and Nov. 2-3 at 7 p.m. and matinees on Oct. 21, 28 and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. Written by Jane Ander- son, the play tells the story of Dinah and Bill, a devout, church-going couple from Ohio who are struggling to keep their lives intact after the death of their daughter. Dinah is compelled to re- connect with her left-leaning cousins in Northern Califor- nia who are going through their own trials. Jeannette and Neil have lost their home to a wildfi re and Neil has cancer. However, they seem to have accepted their situation with good humor, living in a yurt on their burn site and cele- brating life with hits of mar- ijuana and red wine. While Bill and Dinah are both moved and perplexed by their cousins’ composure, their sympathy turns to rage when they fi nd out Jeannette is planning to take her own life to avoid a life of grief without her beloved Neil. “There’s a lot of interesting conversations about marijua- na, right to life, the afterlife,” Whitehead said. “A lot of in- teresting subjects get broached in the dialogue. It’s a very talking play. I think people will fi nd a surprising amount of laughs. They can enjoy some really good acting by lo- cal actors.” Robert Herzog and Fran- ca Hernandez play Neil and Jeannette. Dinah and Bill are portrayed by Danna Swanen- berg and Tim Jaeger. “Act two is my favorite part of the show,” Whitehead said. “Things really come to a head and actors get to real- ly act with each other and it’s very moving and powerful. I’m really looking forward to other people having similar reactions that I did. “It doesn’t necessarily come to any hard conclu- sions. It raises a lot of issues and asks the audience to think about them and I hope they KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley Tim Jagar plays Bill, a born again Christian from Ohio dealing with the death of his daughter, in The Quality of Life, presented by Keizer Homegrown Theatre. are thinking about them long after the play is over.” To reserve tickets, email keizerhomegrown@gmail. com.