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Gladiola explores the concept of later life divorce (sometimes called Silver Divorce) and the effect it has on older couples and their loved ones. The piece examines the role of marriage in society — whether marriage is necessary to have a fully integrated life and whether an unhappy marriage is preferable to none at all. The main character must decide what is more valuable to him, a supportive and caring friendship or a damaged romantic relationship. His grown children face their own struggles as a result of the sudden instability of their parents’ 30-year marriage.
Local writer and actor Colleen Johnson wrote Gladiola as the final dissertation for her Master’s program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art/King’s College London. This project received a Distinction, the highest mark possible, from professors at RADA and King’s College.
After a reading in May 2017, the play has been further developed for this first fully staged production.
About the Playwright
Colleen’s theatre addiction began in 7th grade, when she played Peep-Bo in The Mikado. Favorite roles include Belinda in Noises Off, Olga in Three Sisters and The Woman in Laughing Wild. Unable to choose between her two great passions, writing and acting, Colleen pursued a Master’s degree in Text and Performance from London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She is currently an editor for a television network.