Miracle on South Division Street finds the Nowak family, amidst the urban rubble of Buffalo’s East Side, performing their unique Christmas ritual of gathering at the shabby old homestead to commemorate the family “miracle.” According to legend, on Christmas Eve in 1942 the Blessed Mother herself appeared to Grandpa in the family barbershop. Now Clara, the family matriarch, happily tends the family heirloom, a twenty-foot memorial shrine to the Virgin Mary which adjoins the house. As the play develops, daughter Ruth divulges her plan to finally “go public” with the miracle by creating a one-woman Christmas Show about the sacred event. But during the course of the meeting, the entire family’s faith is shaken to the very core when a deathbed confession causes the family legend to unravel. The results are heartfelt and hilarious!
CLARA will be played by Peggy Cosgrave. Peggy has not only done a lot of work on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Film and Television . . . but she originated the part of Clara in the New York production! It goes without saying that we're very lucky to have Peggy in the cast.
RUTH will be played by Brandy Zarle. Brandy is a very busy New York actor who has appeared here at Shaker Bridge three times - in Boston Marriage, in Time Stands Still and last season in Or. I'm always excited for the chance to work with Brandy again.
Playing Ruth's brother JIMMY will be David Bonanno. David has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, in several national tours and at some of the great regional theatres of this country - including the Weston Playhouse, where he's familiar to virtually everyone.
Rounding out this amazing cast, playing Ruth's sister BEVERLY is Jeannie Hines. Jeannie has appeared on this stage eight times, but everyone remembers her in Sylvia. Twenty years from now someone will come up to her in the grocery store and call her Sylvia. Now you'll be able to add Beverly to the list.
Opening night is December 6 . . . you don't want to miss this one!