Trinity Theatre Company AnnouncesThe Cocktail Hour

Written by A.R. Gurney
Directed by Jaeonnie Davis-Crawford

to kick off their 12th Grown Up Stage (GUS)Season at
Trinity Theatre in Mission Valley
1640 Camino Del Rio North, Suite 129, San Diego, CA 92108
Jan 12th – Feb 4th, 2024

Dec 13th, 2023, San Diego

Trinity Theatre Company kicks off their 12th Grown Up Stage (GUS) season under the guidance of Artistic
Director, Sean Boyd with The Cocktail Hour, by A.R. Gurney directed by Jaeonnie Davis-Crawford. The
Cocktail Hour features San Diego Actors including Sharonfaith Horton as Ann, Bobby Imperato as John and Hannah Luckinbill as Nina. The production runs from January 12th – February 4th. Trinity Theatre Company will perform at their new Mission Valley location in the Mission Valley Mall. To learn more or purchase tickets

Jaeonnie Davis-Crawford

Director Jaeonnie Davis-Crawford shared “I’ve really enjoyed exploring this show and the ways it represents how our generational struggles evolve. The language changes, but our desires do not: we want to be seen, heard, and remembered. To me, that is the struggle of “then” vs “now”. I’m excited for people to come and share in this beautifully simple feeling with us!”

About The Cocktail Hour:
Winner of the Lucille Lortel Award as Best Off-Broadway Play. This witty, perceptive play blends mordant
humor with moments of affecting poignancy.

The time is the mid ’70s, the place – a city in upstate New York. John, a playwright, returns to his family’s
house, bringing with him a new play which he has written about them. His purpose is to obtain their permission to proceed with production, but his wealthy, very proper parents are cautious from the outset. For them the theatre is personified by the gracious, comforting era of the Lunts and Ina Claire, and they are disturbed by the bluntness of modern plays. And there is also John’s sister, Nina, to contend with, although her reservations have to do with the fact that John has given her character such a minor role. Their confrontation takes place during the ritual of the cocktail hour, and as the martinis flow so do the recriminations and revelations, both funny and poignant.

“THE COCKTAIL HOUR is as funny and moving as The Dining Room…it could be the best play he has done so far.”
—The New Yorker.
“It makes for a deliciously funny and also occasionally touching evening, as Gurney’s family sit around raking over old coals and settling old scores with a quite new and beguiling freshness.” – New York Post.

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“The lines in the play crackle and pop with an electricity all their own.” —Drama-Logue.

“…when I watch Gurney at his best, as he is here, I laugh through the tears.” —New York Daily News

About the Director

Jaeonnie Davis-Crawford is a theatre artist who was born and raised in San Diego and has a BA in Theatre Arts from SDSU. With over a decade of experience in the industry, she has worked in numerous capacities with theatre companies around the county. Her ability to work collaboratively with actors and designers always results in cohesive and impressive final products. Jaeonnie is passionate about telling stories that resonate with and reflect the cultural fabric of the community, which shows in her favorite type of work: Forum Theatre. She is glad to be working with Trinity again and looks forward to the next one!

Performances run at the new Mission Valley Space at 1640 Camino Del Rio North, Ste 128.

Fri, Jan 12th, 2024 at 7:00pm
Sat, Jan 13th, 2024 at 7:00pm
Sun, Jan 14th, 2024 at 2:00pm
Fri, Jan 19th, 2024 at 7:00pm
Sat, Jan 20th, 2024 at 7:00pm
Sun, Jan 21st, 2024 at 2:00pm

Fri, Jan 26th, 2024 at 7:00pm
Sat, Jan 27th, 2024 at 7:00pm
Sun, Jan 28th, 2024 at 2:00pm
Fri, Feb 2nd, 2023 at 7:00pm
Sat, Feb 3rd, 2024 at 7:00pm
Sun, Feb 4th, 2024 at 2:00p

In addition to Director, Jaeonnie Davis Crawford, the production team for The Cocktail Hour includes
Connor Boyd as Lead Producer, Ms. JHawk as Stage Manager, Maya Aizenman as Scenic Designer,
Cambry Salway as Costume Designer, Austyn Myers as Lighting Designer, Eliza Vedar as Sound
Design and Debi Schneiderwind as Prop Master.

Artistic Director, Sean Boyd, shared “Season 12 is the year we as a community need. After the past
several tumultuous years, we are looking forward to a good-natured celebration! A.R. Gurney’s The
Cocktail Hour is a perfect way for us to launch our Season 12: The Life of the Party. Each artist of
our TriniTeam brings great fun and enthusiasm to the theatre, and encourages us to come together as
friends, family, and community to enjoy our human connection.”

Trinity Theatre Company Season 12
The Cocktail Hour (Jan 12th – Feb 4th)
I Love You Because (March 29th – Apr. 21st)
New Works Festival 2024 (May 10th – May 12th)
35MM: A Musical Exhibition (July 19th – Aug. 11th)

About Trinity Theatre Company
Helmed by Artistic Director, Sean Boyd, Trinity Theatre Company (TTC) renders productions of great
societal value in hopes of unifying friends, family, and community. TTC believes all individuals wishing
to participate in the performing arts should have a venue in which they inspire and are inspired. Our
shows merge the talents of seasoned performers as well as spirited newcomers, jointly engaged in
both performance and technical aspects of theatre.

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