BATAVIA â Growing older together isnât always a picnic.
Issues pop up: âWhat comes next? What happens if Iâm left alone?â
Itâs existential stuff â but not necessarily without humor, as Norm Argulski and Peggy Marone explained Tuesday at Harvester 56 Theater.
Theyâre the co-leads in the latest Batavia Playersâ production âAbout Time.â Performances beging at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
âThe more we got into it, the more I was relating to it,â said Marone, whoâs also directing. âIt was getting a little tough ... Itâs someplace weâre all going to be, whether youâre married or not.
âIâm single, Iâve been single most of my life. But whether youâre married or not, even with a parent or a best friend, or somebody in your life, you face the what-ifs when youâre by yourself.â
âAbout Timeâ is unorthodox as local plays go. The characters are an older couple known simply as âHeâ and âShe.â
One of them is dying, and the play chronicles a series of conversations in their kitchen.
âItâs an extremely difficult play to listen to, and a difficult play to watch,â Argulski said. âHowever, if you listen carefully, itâs really a moving play. Itâs about two people who have spent their lives together. Oneâs dying and the other person doesnât want them to die, because that person will be alone.
âWith older people, being alone is one of the hardest things there is,â he continued. âDying is difficult but being alone is difficult as well. Thatâs the one issue that we really do address as well.â
The couple expresses their love and dissatisfaction with each other â even argueâ along the way. But at the core, âHeâ and âSheâ have shared a love throughout their marriage.
âFifty-six loooong years,â Marone said.
âI really like to call this bittersweet, because I definitely think this is perhaps an apt adjective for show,â Argulski said. âBecause the audience will laugh a great deal during the show.
âBut if we get an older audience here â which Iâm sure that we would â I think most of the people have obviously experienced something like this in their own lifetime, with their parents or themselves.â
âAbout Timeâ will include a few, offbeat aspects.
James Barcomb will serve as a sort of stage manager-narrator, describing actions the couple would be taking inside their kitchen while they talk. The play will also feature multimedia effects showing photographs representing the coupleâs memories, along with music âHeâ and âSheâ would likely enjoy.
âIâve found that the more weâve read it, the more we dealt with the emotions behind the words,â Marone said. âI think itâs a really good script.â
Shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Harvester 56 Theater, 56 Harvester Ave. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. For more information, visit www.bata-viaplayers.org.