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Dividing the estate

By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB)- Theatre Albany's production of "Dividing The Estate" starts this Thursday. It was written by Academy Award Winner Horton Foote over 20 years ago.

The play deals with things many Americans are facing today in this slow moving economy.  From family, to foreclosure and even humor this play has it all.

Stella Gordon is a millionaire mother with a firm grip on her cash. Gordon's kids in the play has thousands of dollars in debt, and if she divides the estate that would fix everything.

With a screw driver, the stage director puts the finishing touches on Dividing the Estate. "It really speaks to people who are losing their homes, needing money and facing foreclosure,"a said Theatre Artistic  Director Mark Costello. 

"You're gonna have to wait until I'm dead to get anything from me," said Joy Johnson.

She portrays the stubborn matriarch with a million dollar estate. And she's not about to let it go. "And that estate has been in my family since the Civil War and I'm determine to never ever divide it," she said. 

Johnson is a mother of 5 and has 6 grandchildren. So helping her kids with money is nothing new. "I can relate to those feelings Your torn sometimes as to what is best for your children," she said.

It took the cast and crew over four weeks to prepare for the show. "I spent a lot of time practicing. I'm one of the oldest in the play having to memorize it. I can't let the young one's show me up," said Johnson. 

She can't help but notice the uncanny resemblance her real-life has to the character's. "I can feel the character better. We have a lot in common. Although she is a little tougher than I am," said Johnson.

 And to watch this kind of drama in live theater doesn't compare to anything else. "There's no script in front of people's face. You can't do a double take. They can't stop and redo it. The energy of live theater is just thrilling to me," said Johnson.

"Dividing The Estate" can be more fun than you think. The show starts Thursday night at 8pm. It runs from February 3rd through the 5th and then again on the 10th-12th.

Discount Ticket pricing is available for groups of 15 or more. Tickets for adults are $20. If you're a student or active military, it'll cost you $10 to watch the show.

If you wish to contact Theatre Albany call (229) 439-7141.

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