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World premiere of ‘Cold Tangerines: The Play’ adapted from Niequist’s novel

Betsy Roth (redhead), Lynn Downey Braswell (blonde), Kira Shea (blue shirt) and Susannah Hicks (denim jacket).
Betsy Roth (redhead), Lynn Downey Braswell (blonde), Kira Shea (blue shirt) and Susannah Hicks (denim jacket).
Karissa McKinney

The world premiere of a new comedy/drama, “Cold Tangerines: The Play,” adapted from Shauna Niequist’s popular novel by Lynn Downey Braswell is currently on stage at Fremont Centre Theatre. Presented by Little Cancle Productions and directed by Karissa McKinney, the show features a double cast: Thursday/Saturday Lynn Downey Braswell, Betsy Roth, Kira Shea and Susannah Hicks and Friday/Sunday Lynn Downey Braswell, Emily Greco, Abby Lynn and Aliza Pearl.

“Cold Tangerines: The Play” offers the audience a glimpse into the lives of its four female characters: Shauna, an aspiring writer who yearns for a life with greater depth; Shea, a perfectionist which limits her; Anna, a wife and mother; and Nadia who has issues with her body and self-worth. Facets of Shauna, Shea, Anna and Nadia emerge as she pursues her craft. “As she acquires the courage to put pen to paper, she achieves a healing that enables her to align with the other segments of herself in balance and harmony. The new whole will be greater than the sum of its parts.”

The four characters celebrate joys and endure the heartaches of everyday existence, as they negotiate both the broken and the beautiful moments of life.

Braswell is a graduate of Ball State University. She is a founding member of Monkey Butler/Mosaic Comedy and creator and host of the cooking show “Can Do Kitchen.”

Niequist has amassed a passionate and devoted national following for her best-selling books “Bread & Wine,” “Bittersweet” and “Cold Tangerines.” The latter is the basis for the new play at Fremont Centre Theatre.

Previously, Little Candle Productions has presented “The Innocence of Father Brown” (at Fremont Centre Theatre) and “The Winter’s Tale.”

Sunday, June 15 performance is followed by a talkback with playwright Lynn Downey Braswell and with Susan Isaacs, author of “Angry Conversations With God.”

Friday, June 20 performance is followed by a talkback with Shauna Niequist, author of the book “Cold Tangerines.”

“Cold Tangerines: The Play” performs 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through June 29, 2014. Admission is $25, $20 students and seniors $20, except Gala Opening Night on May 31, when all seats are $35 (includes reception). Call toll-free (866) 811-4111 or visit

Fremont Centre Theatre is located at 1000 Fremont Ave. (at El Centro) in South Pasadena. Ample free parking is available behind theater.

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