Bellarine’s ‘Colors in the Dark’ a Labor of Love for Manahawkin Playwright

Life IS A Stage: Playwright Abby Leyh provides her initial play this weekend, exterior at the Union Marketplace in Tuckerton. (Source: Fb)
Bellarine Theatre Co. offers “Colors in the Dark,” its very first generation since 2019, this weekend at the Union Industry and Gallery in Tuckerton. “Colors” is an first engage in created, directed and sound developed by Abby Leyh of Manahawkin, who is presently dwelling in Clayton.
Founder and Making Inventive Director Jessica Huch said this creation will be the play’s 2nd operate – its first was in March 2020 at Rowan College, where Leyh gained her B.A. in theater arts with a concentration in structure and technological know-how and a minor in creative producing.
“Abby started out her BTC journey with us in 2013. It is truly a ‘full circle’ second for me, observing her arrive back again to immediate her very own piece,” Huch claimed.
In mounting the manufacturing, Leyh honors her 15-12 months-outdated self, the “dorky higher schooler” who set her intellect to creating and directing a enjoy sometime.
The story presents artistic insight into a family’s working experience of being pregnant reduction and wrestles with the concern: Why do people location so significantly indicating and religion in larger powers? It is also a celebration of appreciate, life and the human encounter. A material warning incorporates being pregnant decline and mild adult language the output is not meant for little ones.
Performances are outdoors at the Union Industry on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 20 and 21, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. Tickets are accessible at
The forged consists of Marcella Aboyoun as Birdie, Aidan McDonald as Ollie, Kara D’Antoni as Oliver and Isabella Regruto as Alice. The exhibit is phase managed by Sage Trojan.
Encouraged by her parents’ knowledge with pregnancy decline and stillbirth, Leyh stated she needed to be a aspect of sharing such almost never explained to stories about women’s health and fitness and family wellness.
“I was also inspired by the beautiful relationships I have with my 4 sisters,” Leyh included. “The memories I have with them make up so considerably of my people and the childlike marvel they possess.”
Leyh hopes audiences leave with a renewed joie de vivre.
The play is a reflection on the specialness and fragility of daily life, on the minor factors that are truly huge items – keeping palms, observing the sunshine established, playing video games, stargazing and on the excellent and lousy that will make up every single human experience.
“I’m hoping my present can remind folks to rely the very little factors and realize their value is immeasurable.”
In a theatrical setting, Leyh bares her soul.
“In ‘Colors in the Dark,’ I’ve tried to build a room in which audiences can learn the remarkable high-quality of their individual lives and truly appreciate it. I hope this display evokes an individual to hug a friend or get in touch with their mom. I hope this display reminds a person of their favored memories, or why they labored so hard to get where by they are. Actually, I hope there is somebody who watches this display and realizes that they are not by itself.”
For Huch, the return of Bellarine to the regional arts community is a reduction.
“It’s been genuinely peculiar, not getting at rehearsals all calendar year we have missed absolutely everyone so substantially,” she claimed. “I’ve been in a position to consider a stage back again and focus on (her new son) Aaron this summer season though we’ve had a excellent staff of creators running rehearsals. I’m just donning a single hat, as producer, when I generally have on 10 or so.”  —V.F.

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