Delray stage show has a familiar theme
night at the Delray Beach Playhouse, and Florence Seidelman is
working the crowd.
The Philadelphia Social Club bought 91 tickets, and she sold 50 to her friends, so the audience is made up largely of native Philadelphians like her who live in the active adult developments.
If the name sounds familiar, this is the same Florence Seidelman, 77, who, with no previous experience, wrote the screen treatment, raised the money and managed to get a motion picture, The Boynton Beach Club, made and distributed in theaters a few years ago. It was shot in her Valencia Isles community, and in and around western Boynton Beach. Her friends were the extras.
Now she has moved on to the theater as co-producer of Millions of Miles, a play by Elliott Taubenslag, who lives here in Covered Bridge. It was scheduled but never quite made it to Broadway, after the star, Rue McClanahan, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
the co-producer, said Elliott did a reading in their clubhouse and he decided
to "come out of retirement for the fourth time" and back the show. He
The first reading was at the
It has pretty much the same theme as the movie
evening young people," DelLago said to welcome the crowd. "Tonight,
we have a world premiere."
Everyone laughed in all the right places. There were no reviews the next day, but
So while other women her age are playing Canasta and mah-jongg,
Her daughter Susan Seidelman, who's a director, couldn't be prouder.
"She's the Energizer Bunny," she said about her mother. "She's my role model."
The Feb. 15
Adult Communities column misidentified the development where Catherine Fucci
works. She is the social director at Villaggio.
Marci Shatzman writes about the gated adult communities in western Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Lake Worth, and in Wellington. You can reach her at email@example.com and read her last six columns at www.sun-sentinel.com.