|Maureen Mansfield as Emily Gorski (seated, center) seeks divine intervention to restore peace in her home.|
PHOTO: Jan Cartwright
Interfaith marriage pulls on family ties in a way that tests a couple’s commitment to one another. Sometimes the knot gets pulled even tighter as the couple’s bond is strengthened. And sometimes the ties are strained to the point of breaking. In Greetings!, when Andy brings his Jewish atheist fiancé to meet his traditional Catholic family on Christmas Eve, it’s a recipe for disaster … with hilarious and poignant consequences.
In the Farmington Players production of Greetings!, Maureen Mansfield plays Emily Gorski, Andy’s mother. Maureen can definitely relate to the show’s theme of “marrying outside of your religion. I did this. In my family, it wasn't as big of a deal as it is in the show, probably because I had previously dated outside my faith, but I can certainly relate.” Maureen describes her character Emily as “a deeply religious wife and mother. She's not the brightest log in the fire, but often has surprising insight. I really enjoy the comedy that comes from the naivety of my character.” Maureen also enjoys the “challenge of playing the submissive Catholic wife, a far stretch from who I am. It's also a challenge for me to respond to my characters' family in ways that I personally would not. For instance, if my real life child was hurt, I would run to him, while my character retreats.”
Maureen recalls watching another production of Greetings! and thinking she “had it all figured out in the middle of the first act. It was going to be your typical, lovely holiday show. At the end of the act, all of a sudden I sat up and thought, ‘Wait, what just happened?’ I couldn't wait for intermission to be over so I could see how it turned out! So it's a lovely holiday show … with a twist!”
Maureen is originally from northwest Detroit and has lived in Farmington HIlls for almost 30 years, including about 20 years as a member of the Farmington Players. She calls the Greetings! cast “one of the most talented and thoughtful casts I have worked with. The amount of work each person is putting into their character is awesome. And it's all because of our incredible directorial team who is pushing us to be better than we ever thought we could be!”
Greetings! has 10 performances at Farmington Players Barn Theater from December 1 – 17, 2017. The show is proudly sponsored by Jill Jones and Cadillac Travel. Author Tom Dudzick also penned our successful production of Miracle on South Division Street. Tickets are available online at farmingtonplayers.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Barn box office at 248-553-2955.