Thomas Piper Gissendanner '02 with Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally
October 4, 2017
Alumnus Thomas Piper Gissendanner ‘02 is part of the cast of Kevin Armento’s Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally, and his performance was praised by the LA Times review: “Piper’s invigorating incarnation of an eager-to-please phone, a computerized buddy as helpful as it is ultimately helpless, that powers the production”
The play, narrated by a phone opened last weekend at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.: "This funny, sad, lyrical and highly original coming of age story from emerging playwright Kevin Armento features an unconventional narrator - the iPhone belonging to troubled teen Red McCray. As Red’s phone gets sucked into a breakneck journey from pockets to purses, it takes us inside an utterly unique view on human interaction, struggling to unpack some of life’s most complex equations" the Theatre's website writes.
The LA Times writes, "The playwright has stipulated that the play can be done by several actors (as it was, to strong reviews, in New York) or by a single performer. Here there are two actors, one of whom speaks (Thomas Piper, billed as the Narrator) and another (Adam Smith) who remains silent, a youthful presence sitting at a desk behind a scrim as he conducts the show’s soundscape."
The play was first produced in New York in 2015 and it was a NYT Critick's pick. Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally is playing 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays until October 8, 2017. Tickets are $20, and you can get them here.