Alumni Pie

A comedy about reunion and second chances. A group of friends, who in college called themselves "The Magnificent Seven Eight," gather at crazy Lena's guest house, to reminisce and reconnect. Now in their 50's, they are happy, and a little uneasy, to find out some things never change. Each arrive with their own agenda, from mending old rifts to reigniting the flame of a college crush. Hilarity ensues when the group models bras, including the men, and they reenact a campy musical number from college. The friends find a renewed bond through laughter and a few tears.

 

SUMMARY
The play opens with Joyce hanging a large banner in a rented guesthouse. The banner, hand-painted by her friends in college, reads, "The Magnificent Seven Eight!" Joyce is hosting a gathering to unite with her friends from 35 years ago and she has a few hidden agendas as well. Nia, the first to arrive for the reunion, is the owner a health food store and, though seemingly happy, she is hiding that her business is as bankrupt as her marriage. Next comes Lucy, a “Southern Belle” business woman who owns a lingerie empire called Bra Awe. Ballsy and outspoken, Lucy greets everyone by their bra size. Brooke, a famous film actress arrives next. She attends the reunion with the intention of confronting Phil, her old boyfriend and, more recently, lover. A successful business man, Phil arrives and tells everyone his name is now Phillip. He brings Jonnie with him, his very young date, because he mistakenly heard Brooke would not be there. Donnie, a landscape architect, then arrives. A humble, sweet man with a noticeable limp, his injury is from an escapade led by Joyce during their college years - an unresolved emotional issue for many of them. The final group member, Amanda, arrives way too late for Joyce’s comfort. A lawyer, Amanda’s navigating through her own impending divorce and change of life.  

The reunion is held at Lena’s guest house. Uninspired to provide guest services, caftan clad Lena is constantly singing and becomes very fond of Joyce along the way. Later, Jonnie brings Lena’s son Karson home.  

In the end each friend finds their way, from mending old rifts to reigniting the flame of a college crush. Hilarity ensues when the group models bras, including the men, and they reenact a campy musical number from college. Together, they resolve old hurts, develop new relationships, and find a renewed bond through laughter and a few tears.

INSPIRATION
Janet Stambolian and Girls Nite Out Productions inspired the writing of Alumni Pie. Janet, a tenacious, intense, big-hearted, multi-talented woman, was looking for a decent role to play. Roles for women in their 50s and 60s are mighty difficult to find - let alone comic love leads. Vasta Folley began writing Alumni Pie when she created the character of Joyce specifically for Janet. What ensued was a play with female and male characters, who become a band of friends helping Joyce (and Janet) revel in the love of connection, camaraderie, and comedy. 

CAST SIZE -           (Character & Stage Age)
7 Women   (Joyce, Nia, Lucy, Brooke, Amanda - 50s / Lena - 50-60’s / Jonnie - late 20’s)
3 Men   (Phil, Donny - 50’s / Karson - late 20’s)

REVIEWS

A crowd-pleasing two hours of theater. The characters in ‘Alumni Pie’ are reunited, and it feels so good.
— Burlington Free Press, 10/01/15