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A sunny forecast, with a few clouds
By NANCY McCARTHY
IF YOU GO
What: “A Bench in the Sun”
Like their characters Burt,
Harold and Adrienne, the actors
performing in “A Bench in the
Sun,” at the Coaster Theatre,
are longtime friends who have
shared the stage for more than 20
The play’s director, Ann Bron-
son, is also part of that friendship.
“All three of these people were
in my ﬁ rst show at the Coaster,”
Bronson said. “They are people
I feel very comfortable working
David Sweeney, Frank Jagod-
nik and Jagodnik’s wife, Liz
McCall, appeared in “The Music
Man” with Bronson in the sum-
mer of 2000.
In the play, Burt (Sweeney) and
Harold (Jagodnik), have known
each other since childhood. The
pair are residents of Valley View
Gardens, where they share a gar-
den bench daily and bicker over
small things. But when Adrienne
(McCall), a once-famous actress,
moves in, they have something
new to argue about.
The play, McCall said, is about
friendship — “all the different
stages of your life seen through
the eyes of your friendship.”
It’s also about how friends
going through a rough patch can
get through it with the help of a
third party. In this case, Adri-
enne reinvigorates the friendship
between Burt and Harold.
“We believe that she is Mary
Poppins for seniors,” Jagodnik
said. “She comes in here to bring
these two back together — they
have been estranged. Just having
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and
Saturdays, until Feb. 22; Sunday
matinees, 3 p.m. Feb. 16
Where: Coaster Theatre Play-
house, 108 N. Hemlock St.,
Tickets available: Through box
oﬃ ce, 503 436-1242, from 1
to 5 p.m. Wednesday through
Saturday and 1 p.m. to curtain
on performance days. Tickets
can also be ordered at coaster-
“For me, ‘It was slow down,
short steps. Don’t be in a hurry to
go anywhere, don’t reach for some-
thing real fast,’” Jagodnik said.
“Physically, that’s what I keep
thinking: ‘I can’t move that fast.’”
Adrienne, played by Liz McCall argues with Harold, played by Frank Jagodnik, center, as Burt, played by David
Sweeney, watches on in “A Bench in the Sun.”
her there changes their outlook on
Age is another important aspect
in the play.
“How do you live when every-
thing in your life is suddenly harder?
Or threatened?” Sweeney said.
“(The play) shows senior citizens
as fully-rounded people,” Bron-
son said. “I think sometimes we
see them as caricatures, but they’re
still interested in sex and love rela-
tionships. They’re the same as any-
one else, just older. Nothing really
The show is Bronson’s directing
debut. She decided to try directing
after seeing a fellow actor direct
for the ﬁ rst time at a recent Coaster
“It was something I wondered if
I could do,” Bronson said.
Directing has brought new chal-
lenges for Bronson.
“Sometimes a problem will
arise and I’m waiting for someone
else to ﬁ x it, and then I realize, oh
no, I have to ﬁ gure this out,” Bron-
She’s learned that being a direc-
tor also requires compromise.
“I have these ideas for how I’d
like to see these characters played,
and what they (the actors) have
come up with — which is great —
hasn’t always been what I saw,”
Bronson said. “I know I’ve done
the same thing to other directors …
You are in control, but ultimately
you have to let it be.”
Playing the part
Because the actors are some-
what younger than the senior citi-
zens they play, they had to consider
how to physically portray their
Lessons to learn
The cast hopes audiences learn
something from the show, even if
they don’t see an assisted living
residence in their future.
“A sunny attitude makes a big
difference — not only in how you
enjoy life but how people enjoy
you,” McCall said. “It is easy to get
more negative if you get older, and
you have to press against that.”
“Especially if you’ve had loss
and you’re hurting physically,”
McCall also hopes audience
members see the show’s emphasis
on living in the moment.
“You can prepare for the future,
but not live for it,” McCall said.
North Coast writers offered chance to read their works
North Coast residents and
visitors will read original
stories, essays and poems
on the theme, “Views From
the North Coast,” during the
Writers Read Celebration
Friday, Feb. 28 in the Can-
non Beach Library. The free
event begins at 7 p.m.
The 12 writers’ resi-
dences range from Naselle,
Washington to Stockton,
California. Their pieces
were selected from among
36 entries by a panel of
library volunteers, a book-
store representative and a
Many of the iconic expe-
riences special to the North
Coast are contained in the
selections to be read. They
include a walk along an
ever-changing coastal river,
a childhood journey down
Highway 101, a dog’s view
of a day on the beach, the
danger of a sneaker wave,
and the memory of a great
From November through
January, the Cannon Beach
Library asked local residents
and visitors to submit entries
about life on the North
Coast to be read at the Writ-
ers Read event. The pieces
were to be no longer than
600 words. The panel mak-
ing the selections read the
submissions without know-
ing who the authors were.
Providence’s North Coast cardiology team
invites you to celebrate your healthy heart.
We’re proud to welcome Gary Greenberg, M.D. to Providence’s cardiology team. From left to right:
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