The hit of the 2015 PlayGround Festival, this engaging play follows helicopter parents who take what may be a life-changing trip to the
Sky Walk at the Grand Canyon, after delivering their youngest child to college.
The Empty Nesters is directed by multi-award winner Richard Seyd, and stars JW Walker and Pamela Gaye Walker, who reunite on stage after a 20 year hiatus.
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Originally developed and presented at the
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In The Empty Nesters, hard working parents Greg and Frances stop for a visit to the Grand Canyon’s breathtaking Skywalk, a not-to-be missed sight, after delivering their final child to college in Phoenix. But instead of seeing a limitless horizon full of fresh possibilities, one half of the couple faces an empty chasm, while the other begins to wonder if freedom is only a loss of solid footing. The play received a warm reception in its PlayGround debut at The Thick House in May 2015, with audience members exclaiming they identified with the dilemma, and also returning to share the experience with their grown children.
Co-star JW Walker is a film producer (The
Academy Award®-Best Animated Picture, Tomorrowland, The Iron Giant) and actor, whose extensive theatre background includes 40 stage productions with his wife. Pamela Gaye Walker is an award-winning actress who has appeared in film, television, and on stages in New York, Chicago, and across the country. Director Richard Seyd, now a Los Angeles resident, is well known to local audiences for his long associations with several leading theatres, as well as the long-running hit commercial hits he has helmed in the Bay Area. This is the first production he has directed in the Bay Area since 2004. Garret Jon Groenveld is winner of the Internationalists Global Playwrighting Prize and a seven-time recipient of the PlayGround Emerging Playwright Award. His work has prompted Jon Carroll of the San Francisco Chronicle to call him "a treasure of the community.”
The San Francisco Chronicle takes an in-depth look at The Empty Nesters in the Sunday Datebook, May 1, 2016. Writer Michael Rosen follows stars Pamela Gaye Walker and John Walker from their early days, acting together in Wisconsin's Peninsula Players, to his career as a film producer at Pixar and hers as a working actress and mother. Read more here.