Lifeboat; the story of courage, survival and enduring friendship. Or… the best way to spend a Sunday.

Lifeboat; the story of courage, survival and enduring friendship. Or… the best way to spend a Sunday.

What a great Sunday afternoon I had – I caught the last performance of Filament Theatre’s Lifeboat.   Hats off to the talent of this theatre company!

The reviews quoted on Filament’s website were absolutely on target.  My favorite was:  “The daring choice to limit the actors to two requires they do as much heavy lifting as an average one-person show, and Dale and Bunder deliver two beautifully beguiling performances.” – Chicago Theatre Blog

Lifeboat, written by Nicola McCartney.
Directed by Filament Artistic Director, Julie Ritchey

During World War II, a ship carrying 90 evacuees set sail to escape the bombings and dangers of Britain. On Friday September 17, 1940, the ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat leaving only eleven of the evacuees alive. As the ship sank, two fifteen year old girls clung to an upturned lifeboat for 19 terrifying hours. Lifeboat is the inspiring true story of Bess Walder and Beth Cummings who survived in the face of despair.

CAST:  Molly Bunder (Bess Walder), Mara Dale (Beth Cummings)

Nicola McCartney (Playwright), Julie Ritchey* (Director), Phil Brankin (Assistant Director), Claire Nelson (Stage Manager), Christian Libonati (Production Manager), Emily Waecker (Costume Designer), Dan Chapman (Lighting Designer), Melissa Schlesinger (Sound Designer), Andrew Marchetti (Set Designer), Lindsay Bartlett (Dialect Coach), Peter Oyloe* (Graphic Design)

Be sure to ‘Like’ Filament Theatre on Facebook and check their website for a full list of upcoming shows.


For the first time, Filament will present “Eat, Drink, & Be Merry,” a VIP dinner theater extravaganza with food provided by Smoque BBQ and served by some of our favorite Filament performers. Fest VIPs will enjoy a full meal in Filament’s air-conditioned theater as they are entertained by songs, scenes, and neighborhood stories.

Eat, Drink, & Be Merry is a BBQ Fest experience that’s not to be missed! Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Price includes catered dinner from Smoque BBQ, performance, and Fest entry donation (alcohol not included).
Guests are asked to please print their tickets and show them when entering the Fest.


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