Everyone has secrets. But what happens when those secrets are revealed within an otherwise happy marriage? Can it survive the betrayal?
Pegasus Theatre Company’s production of Fiction by Steven Dietz, running April 5 to 14 at the West Windsor Arts Center, explores these questions.
Fiction presents the story of Linda and Michael Waterman, who are happily married writers.
When Linda is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, she asks Michael if she can read his journals. This sets off a series of events that blur the boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction, trust and betrayal. The couple’s capacity for forgiveness is tested, and they are forced to face the consequences of their actions.
“The very first time I read Fiction, I was struck by how gorgeous the writing is and then was amazed by how deeply it touched me,” said director Peter Bisgaier. “This play was love at first sight for me.”
Fiction uses flashbacks, journal entries, confessions and confrontations to reveal its story.
“It’s a kind of hall of mirrors that reflects this couple’s life together,” said actress Jennifer Nasta Zefutie (Linda). “It’s full of twists and turns that leave you questioning what to believe and whether unconditional love is possible despite our flaws.”
“The beauty of this play is that, even though it’s about the secrets we keep, it’s such an honest and true telling of what a long-term loving relationship can be,” Bisgaier said. “With a simplicity of staging, we’ll reveal the beauty of this story and the depth of the relationships it explores.”
Pegasus Theatre Company is becoming known for its intimate, professional productions. Past productions, including the East Coast premiere of Human Error by Eric Pfeffinger, Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sachs, and Chapter Two by Neil Simon, have been well reviewed by critics and audiences.
Times for Fiction are: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. and Thursday at 1 p.m. Tickets are $24-28 and can be purchased online at pegasustheatrenj.org or by calling 609-759-0045.