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Spreckels Production Asks How a Neighborhood Recovers from Disaster Rebuild or relocate? By the Water explores this timely question.By The Water
It’s 2012 and the unprecedented destruction of Hurricane Sandy includes a small, close-knit community on the coast of Staten Island. By the Water, coming March 16 to Spreckels Performing Arts Center, opens on what’s left of the Murphy house, seven blocks from the ocean and built by Marty Murphy’s grandfather. It has been destroyed. 

Although in their sixties, the Murphys are determined to rebuild. But their neighbors, including their best friends Phil and Andrea, are helping organize the town to solicit a government buy-out so they can start over somewhere else. The Murphys have to stop them.

By the Water, by Sharyn Rothstein, explores what it means to love a community—and what other motivations either bind us to a place or free us to move on. Marty and Mary have raised their two sons in a town they deeply love, and now they have reached the age when life is supposed to get easier. Many Sonoma County theater lovers will empathize with them as they struggle to face the future.

Like the October fires in Sonoma County, Sandy brought enormous change to a region. After crawling up the Atlantic from the Caribbean, the hurricane curved west on October 29 and moved ashore near Brigantine, New Jersey, just to the northeast of Atlantic City. When it was finished, it had become the deadliest and most destructive storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season—at the time, the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history. 

A hit off-Broadway in 2014, the Spreckels production of By the Water is directed by Carl Jordan. The cast includes Mary Gannon Graham as Mary and Mike Pavone as Marty. The other actors are Madeleine Ashe, Katie Kelley, Clark Miller, Jared Wright, and Mark Bradbury.

When: March 16–April 8 (no performance Sunday, April 1). Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m., Thursday 4/5 7:30 p.m.

Where: Bette Condiotti Experimental Theatre at Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 
Box Office: (707) 588-3400. Hours: Wed–Fri, noon to 5 p.m., and one hour before show. Online: Go to www.spreckelsonline.com


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Spreckels Performing Arts Center is a cultural gem strategically located on the Green Music Center/Sonoma State corridor of Rohnert Park Expressway in Rohnert Park.  Now in its twenty-second year, the Performing Arts Center continues to present award-winning theatre, music and dance. Over 20,000 people a year come through its doors from all over the bay area, making Spreckels not just a locally attended venue but a facility that entertains the entire region.

For tickets, please call the Spreckels Box Office at 707 588-3400Box Office hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5pm and one hour before show time.

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