Claudia Hoag McGarry presents

Breaking the Code

Directed by Jordana Lawrence

  • Aug. 28, 2021
  • Center Stage Theater

Breaking the Code. 

Christy Pastence is a somewhat lonely 50 year old widow playwright living in the Upper West, NYC. One day she meets a young Pakistani American man named Moutaz on a park bench in Central Park. They strike up a conversation. Their friendship leads to romance. Around this time, her younger sister lands on her doorstep in need of comfort and a place to live. “Rana,” a pessimist and hypochondriac, is burdened by a nagging question: did her husband die by accident, or by suicide when he chose to lie down on train tracks during a war protest. Moutaz’s mother, Jumila, and Christy’s 28 year old daughter Toni bring their own set of life’s issues to the scenario making for a lively journey by all five characters. Each character has a code by which they are adhering to, but they are also struggling to move forward.  A Leonard Cohen poem, “I Can’t Break the Code” inspired the premise of the play.

Starring Shelly Best, Gul Saeed, Heather Terbell, Claire Waterhouse, Shari Howard, Marlene Matosian.Music by Ashley Jones and Paul McGarry. Directed by Jordana Lawrence. 


General: $20
Senior: $18
Student: $15


Saturday, August 28th at 3:00pm and 7:00pm

Masks Required for all audience members. We require all attendees to show proof of vaccination or negative test result (taken within 72 hours of the event) along with a photo ID to be admitted to any performance.

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