In Friendship

Stories from Zona Gale

Aug 14 - Sep 13, 2013 at Z Below

'Friendship' seems to transcend its existence as well-wrought theater to include us in a moving celebration of life."
—Robert Hurwitt, SF Gate

"...the geniuses (genii?) behind Word for Word are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a sharp-tongued, warmhearted show called In Friendship..."
—Chad Jones, Theatre Dogs

Word for Word invites you along to celebrate their 20th anniversary, as the entire Word for Word Charter Group performs together for the first time ever.

In the small town of Friendship, where social custom and obligation rule the day, the members of the Married Ladies Cemetery Improvement Sodality are as suspicious of the shifting of social order as they are of the coming of electricity, and telephones, and the town's new surgeon. Newly arrived in Friendship, a writer from the city seeking the isolation and refuge of small town life finds herself instead thrust into the center of Friendship's social intrigue. The stories explore both a year in the town of Friendship Village and the idea of friendship itself.

Zona Gale (1874 –1938) was an American author and playwright. She became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1921. Her humorous and plainspoken characters were comfortingly familiar to readers, and through them she introduced progressive ideas such as women's suffrage and racial equality.

Word for Word is honored to have won two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle awards for In Friendship in the under 100 seat category—for Entire Production as well as Laura Hazlett for Costume Design.


Directed by Delia MacDougall* and Joel Mullennix*

Starring the Word for Word Charter Group:
Sheila Balter*
JeriLynn Cohen*
Susan Harloe*
Stephanie Hunt*
Amy Kossow*
Delia MacDougall*
Nancy Shelby*

Patricia Silver*
and JoAnne Winter*

along with Paul Finocchiaro and Joel Mullennix*

Stage Manager: David A. Young*
Production Manager: Jimmy Walden
*member, AEA

Set: Giulio Perrone
Light: Jim Cave
Costumes: Laura Hazlett
Sound: Cliff Caruthers
Props: Caela Fujii
Dialects: Lynne Soffer
Dramaturgy: Delia MacDougall
Movement: Andrea Weber