United States, New York, New York – 08-13-2019 (PRDistribution.com) — Well known Portland visual artist Dr. Phyllis Yes decided to write her first play at the age of 75, and she wrote a fine one. “Good Morning Miss America” is her family self-portrait characterizing a family dealing ageing parents with dementia and children who don’t know quite how to navigate the scenario. The show walked from all the way from Portland Oregon to Decorah, Iowa, and now it is taking a short stroll on Off-Broadway at the historic Theatre 80 on ST. Marks Place in the lower east side of Manhattan in October, 2019. The show opened at the Coho Theater in Portland, directed by Jane Fellows. When Actor, Director, Producer Katie O’Regan met Phyllis last summer in Portland, the two hit it off right away. O’Regan knew she had to read Yes’s play and when she did, she knew it needed to go up on stage again, so she took the show to her home town of Decorah, Iowa, contracted the local Opera House for a dinner theater production of it, purchased lighting and sound for the show that the theater didn’t have, cast the show and it was a huge hit to sold out audiences. Then the legs of “Good Morning Miss America” got longer. Gert Boyle, the amazing Chairman of Columbia Sportswear, and author of “One Tough Mother”, is a long time friend of Phyllis Yes. Gert saw the play when it opened in Portland, and she loved it, saying it was very “real”. A year later, after seeing the production in Decorah, Phyllis told Gert about what a big hit the show was in Decorah and Gert decided to put on her first time theater wings and become an angel producer of the show in New York City. Yes called O’Regan to tell her the news and O’Regan said yes, now the show is walking to New York as you read this, with plans on backpacking across the United States after it’s debut in NYC on October 2nd. Cast members include Gloria Jean Jung playing”Doris” the Mother with Dementia. Rick Nance, plays the controlling stepfather named “Lou”, Katie O’Regan switches hats for this production and takes the stage as “Jane” the responsible daughter and primary caretaker of her parents from afar. “Sammy” the sister from Florida, is played by Darynn Zimmer. Actors are pictured from left to right in the photo. Tickets are now on sale at www.sacrednoisesociety.org. Get tickets early for this limited run!
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