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Becky’s New Car

Marshall Murray and Elise Morrill in Becky's New Car photo by Peter Serko

Open Space and Drama Dock are delighted to partner to produce this acclaimed contemporary play with a very special Vashon connection.

Becky’s New Car was commissioned in 2008 as a birthday gift from former islander Charles Staadecker to his wife Benita. Written by Steven Dietz and premiered at ACT Theatre, Becky’s New Car has grown into an extraordinarily successful phenomenon with dozens of productions worldwide.

According to Variety: “Becky’s New Car takes the audience on a smart, comic cruise through the perils of middle-aged longing and regret.”

The Spokesman - Review said, “Steven Dietz’s Becky’s New Car begins as an occasionally hilarious screwball comedy and gives way to a disarmingly thoughtful drama about the nature of love, fidelity and second chances. Based on the play’s first act, which is snappy and broad and breathlessly paced, you wouldn’t imagine that it could transition so seamlessly into its touching closing scenes.”

This Vashon co-production is breaking ground in exciting ways – it’s the first partnership between Open Space and Drama Dock; and it is the first time a production will take place ‘in the round’ – with audience on all sides of the stage.
Becky’s New Car will be presented in the Grand Hall at Open Space, 18870 103rd Ave SW.

Performances are April 22, 23, 29, 30 at 8pm and April 24 and May 1 at 7:30pm.
Director Michael Barker has gathered a terrific mix of Island favorites and new faces for the cast and crew:
Becky--Elise Morrill
Joe--Marshall Murray
Chris, their son--Ryan Alumbaugh
Steve--Harris Levinson
Ginger--Lisa Breen
Walter--Michael Shook
Kenni, Walter’s daughter--Joy Ghigleri
Becky understudy: Shannon Mahan
Steve understudy: Peter Kreitner
Chris understudy: Miles Wingett
A great production team will help bring this performance to life:
Producer: Gaye Detzer
Stage Manager: Marjon McDermott
Set/Props: Jan Staehli
Lighting: Dan Cummings
Builder: Scott Durkee
Costumes: Sharon Schoen
Tickets available at Vashon Bookshop, and at the Door. For More Information, visit or