New York City, New York USA - August 2, 2013: Interior view of vintage wooden bar with beer mugs and people visible at McSorley's Old Ale House Irish Pub in the East Village of Manhattan. This landmark bar was established in 1860.

Directed by Sandra Zielinski

 July 9, 10 – 2018; 7-10 pm



Stella:  possibly in her 50s

Lou:  possibly in his 60s, recently widowed

Donny:  soon to be married young man in his late twenties to mid-thirties



On a quiet night at Lou’s bar, two kindred spirits seek solace as they navigate changing times and relationships past. …comes an intimate exploration of friendship, forgiveness, and the longing for companionship that grows with the passage of time.The play takes place late on a hot summer night and in a South Philadelphia bar, “which is neither a meeting spot for friends nor a cozy refuge for local eccentrics, but a place where regulars stare into their beers, passing the hours till closing time.”

Lou’s bar is the sort of place where regulars can show up every afternoon for 20 years, yet remain so solitary that (contrary to another bar famously frequented by friends in the long-running sitcom “Cheers”) nobody knows their name.

This bar is the kind of place where the same old faces sit on the same old stools seven nights a week, their wives perhaps at home watching television alone. Reilly, a non-seen friend who frequented the bar didn’t have anybody, and when he died while playing a game of baseball, there were only his drinking buddies left to mourn him, and so the play begins.

To some degree, “Stella and Lou is a play about late-in-life loneliness (and depression), themes that are not often explored in the theater, for all of their ubiquity. And there is something refreshing about a commercial new play that would have no Broadway appeal whatsoever for some movie star with a big agent. This is a quiet piece.”

Points of Thought from the Director:

“I am one of those who like to stay late at the cafe,” the older waiter said. “With all those who do not want to go to bed. With all those who need a light for the night.”

“I want to go home and into bed.”

“We are of two different kinds,” the older waiter said. He was now dressed to go home. “It is not only a question of youth and confidence although those things are very beautiful. Each night. I am reluctant to close up because there may be someone who needs the cafe.”

Ernest Hemingway, “A Clean Well Lighted Place”

Casting always depends upon those who audition, the age ranges that are suggested are adjustable. Questions:  if you have questions, please get in touch with Sandra Zielinski,


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