Discover the Meaning of Love in the Midst of Memory Loss
The contemporary musical, “How Can I Love You,” offers an intimate portrait of enormous struggle as three families experience their loved-one’s journey into dementia. At turns both heartbreaking and humorous, this one-act play takes us on an odyssey through memory loss, ultimately delivering love and acceptance to these families and friends. Brimming with beautiful pop songs, powerful dance, and uplifting music, this production is a wondrous work of love. As dusk settles in behind the performers, you’ll be enchanted by the sun setting on the memories of these central characters, and become invested in the tales being told onstage.
A Simple Story of Love
“How Can I Love You” tells the story of three families dealing with their loved one’s memory loss and migration into dementia. A doting husband looks after his former gospel singer wife. A cantankerous, beleaguered wife laments the loss of her husband. And an “at odds” mother and son duo come to terms with one another as they struggle with their fading Mother and Grandma. The story takes place around a subway station and a nursing home, with each of the patients also searching for ways (behind their mind’s betrayal) to reach out to their loved ones. Ultimately—through story and song—they come to appreciate that what they loved about their person is still there.
A Professional Performance by Pacific NW Creatives
HCILY has assembled a team of professional theatre artists and experts to stage this medium-scale production. The pedigree is strong, from the Playwright and Composer to the actors and crew. A massive collection of collaborators is responsible for bringing this contemporary musical to vibrant life.
Eric Ankrim is a Seattle based Actor/Director/Husband/Father of Four/Coach, who couldn’t be more thrilled to help usher in the return of live musical theatre to Washington state and beyond! Eric has acted on Broadway (First Date), and on many stages in the Seattle area (5th Avenue, Village, Seattle Rep, ACT, ArstWest, and more), as well as directed professionally across the country. Thank you for supporting the arts!
Rand Bellar is a LA based music producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He works as a record producer and songwriter for major label artists along with his indie-pop band Limón Limón, where he is also the keyboardist and drummer. As the composer of “How Can I Love You,” Rand brings the contemporary sounds of modern pop to the world of musical theatre.
Dr Bryan is a (retired) board-certified neurosurgeon and serial entrepreneur. Prior to retirement from Neurosurgery, he led the Neurosurgery Northwest Group. Hospitals at which he practiced included; Swedish, Seattle Children’s, Northwest and Stevens Hospitals.
In addition to Dr Bryan’s passion for neurotechnology, he is involved in additional successful business and ventures in the arts (many with his wife, Carol), including founding: The Gorge Amphitheatre – acquired by MCA concerts (part of Universal Studios), Cave B Estate Winery, Spinal Dynamics Corporation, Whoosh Innovations, Familigia Vineyards, Picker Technologies, and Columbia River Reserve. Vince and Carol Bryan are world travelers and lovers of life.
Cy Paolantonio (Choreographer) is a multiracial, multidisciplinary artist whose varied skills and adaptability have enabled her to work in many different capacities in many different environments. In the span of 18 years, Cy has worked at notable venues such as The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, The 5th Ave, Village Theatre, NYMF, NY Fringe, The Smithsonian, The Arad Fort in Bahrain, Carnival Cruise Lines, NBC, BET, MTV/SXSW/The Bowery (touring as a dancer with Steven Van Zandt), as well as commercial work. Cy tries to balance artistic pursuits with family life – you can follow her antics on the ‘gram @mamasemamacy. She is known for exclaiming quite often, “Don’t tempt me with a good time.”
Nathan Young and production company Ignite Creative, bring this experience to us. Nathan has been with How Can I Love you since the first reading where he served as Music Supervisor to the project. He comes with years of music and production experience. His company Ignite Creative produces large corporate events as well as special theatrical experiences. Nathan also serves as the Producing Artistic Director for the Seattle based Showtunes Theatre Company.
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Taking place from July 15 through July 25, there is much to see and do at this year’s annual fête. We encourage you to make plans post haste to join us for this popular event. Seating is limited due to spacing considerations, so act now to take advantage of an opportunity to see outdoor live theatre in a most impressive setting.