Chandler resident Laurie Fagen is taking the stage with four other experienced actresses in a musical about their friendship, which has spanned four decades.
Boa Babes premieres Thursday, May 18, to Sunday, May 21, at Mesa Encore Black Box Theatre, 933 E. Main Street. Fagen, who has performed in many local theater productions including Dames at Sea and Jerry’s Girls, wrote the musical about love, loss, children, spouses, deep friendships and other universal themes for women and men.
The women who inspired her script and are performing in what Fagen calls a “dramedy with music” are Mary Nelle Brown, Pam Cannedy, Sherri Hildebrand, Sandy Densford Vernon and Fagen. Deborah Lee Hall (whose credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Wait Until Dark) is directing the musical, while the stage manager is Cat Dragon of Mesa (whose managing credits include Lonely Planet and the 1992 Academy Awards.)
Arizona Women’s Theatre Company and Cannedy Performing Arts Centre are producing the show.
“There are so many universal themes about friendship, love, aging parents, kids, pets—mostly cats, and then growing old and having a bucket list and checking things off a bucket list,” Fagen says of the musical. “These are all stories from our 40-year friendship. I think other people will say, ‘Oh, yeah, I remember when we did something like that.’”
She wrote the script last summer before showing it to the other women in the musical, who helped her edit it. Fagen says she and the other “gals” in the show are “all in our 60s.”
Fagen earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Arizona State University and has worked extensively for television and radio stations. She was also employed as a writer/producer/director of corporate videos for 12 years. She is the former owner and publisher emeritus of The Entertainer! Magazine’s sister publication, SanTan Sun News.
Boa Babes, Mesa Encore Black Box Theatre, 933 E. Main Street, Mesa, azwtc.org, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21, $13.