This is an hour long play about two eighty year old women, Clara and Gertrude, who meet daily for lunch in a cafeteria. As they eat, they chat in the words of those who have known each other for over forty years, exploring their attitudes about life and death. A humorous and tender play, Save Me A Place At Forest Lawn brings us close to the realities of aging, enabling us to see love and relationships between women in a new and special way.
Trish Ralph is one of the founding members of Rising Productions, performing in all three of the theatre offerings the group produced: A Late Snow, The Great Nebula in Orion, and Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn. She performed the role of Pat with three different casts of A Late Snow, Louise opposite two different Carries in The Great Nebula in Orion; and always Clara opposite Theresa’s Gertrude in Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn. She was seen in multiple productions at Rochester’s Shipping Dock Theatre, U of R Summer Theatre, JCC Center Stage, Blackfriars, and Rochester Community Players. She is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Music Studies at SUNY Brockport.
Theresa Rubeo has a background in Acting, Directing and Costuming. She is among the founding members of Rising Productions and performed, opposite Trish Ralph, in the role of Gertrude in their 1980 productions of Save Me a Place at Forest Lawn. She also directed A Late Snow, and was a member of one of the casts. She was involved in the early development of the Sterling Renaissance Festival as a member of the acting troupe. She was a costumer in the early ‘80s at GeVa Theatre and, as a single mother of two daughters, later worked from home as a Seamstress in Delhi, NY. Along with some film and television work, she also enjoyed performing with Catskill Theater Works as The Incomparable Rosalie in their 2005 production of Carnival.