2005-05-12 / Top Stories

Canarsie Mom Follows Her Muse To The Stage

By Melissa Favara

Sarah Giller (above), a Canarsie resident for almost twenty years, is winning the hearts of audiences at a local theater as “Mary Hanson,” the lead role in a play by Sam Bobrick, titled, “Remember Me.”

Running weekends this month, “Remember Me” is a romantic comedy about a woman married for twenty-seven years whose life is getting dull and routine so she starts reminiscing about an old college boyfriend.

Giller has always had a deep passion and enthusiasm for acting. She was doing regional and dinner theater straight out of college and has performed in a number of off-Broadway roles. She left theater for several years while raising her children in her family’s home on East 82 Street.

In the past couple of years, Giller returned to acting with the Paper Moon Players, a local theatrical troupe, which presents its productions at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Sheepshead Bay.

The church theater, which Giller describes as a quality one, hosts two different plays a year. It has been at the church for twenty-five years and produces all genres of theater, including murder-mysteries and drama.

“Dying on stage (in Agatha Christie’s ‘Mousetrap’ a year ago) was one of the most challenging yet exciting roles I’ve had to play,” said Giller.

She has had leading roles in such plays as Neil Simon’s “The Prisoner of Second Ave,” and “Night Must Fall.” She even directed the play, “Sleuth,” her first experience behind-the-scenes.

“I’ve found a little home there,” she says of the Paper Moon Players and the theater.

“Remember Me” was almost threatened when the play’s leading actor suffered a minor injury. “But,” Giller beamed, “in true theatrical spirit, the show must go on!”

Be sure to check out “Remember Me” sometime this month to find out the hilarious results.

Remaining performances of “Remember Me” are every Saturday night (May 14, 21, 28) at 8 and Sunday afternoons (May 15, 22, 29) at 3:30. There will be a special Friday night performance on May 13.

Tickets are $9 each with a discounted $8 per ticket for seniors on Sundays. Seating is not reserved and on a first come, first serve basis. Shows have sold out in the past but tickets are still available for the remaining performances this month.

For information please call 1-718-848-2837.

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