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Jan. 26 production at SAT features all-female cast, depicts pre-Pearl Harbor America

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Lady (Laura Reeves), Peg (Tracy Rodriguez) and Rose (Francine Raften) read a letter from Rose's sister sent from Austria in 1938.In World War II-era Chicago, an Irish Catholic bar owner and a Jewish Austrian delicatessen owner are unlikely friends. In Susan Bigelow and Janice Goldberg's "Rose Colored Glass," Lady O'Riley and Rose Fleishman become friends out of adversity, with some persuasion from Peg, Lady's granddaughter. Their bond is formed over the task of extracting Rose's nephew from then war-torn, anti-Semitic Europe.

On Jan. 26, Francine Raften will take on the role of Rose, with Laura Reeves as Lady in the Sandy Actors Theatre production of "Rose Colored Glass."

The production depicts the pre-Pearl Harbor attack on the United States and its involvement in World War II. Before the attack, many in America did not even acknowledge the fighting in Europe.

"This play is such a mirror image of what's happening today," noted Director Megan Grassl. "We still have troops over in Afghanistan, and you could probably take someone off of the street today and they might not even know. The play touches on a cultural difference."

Grassl explained that the play appeals to her because of its unique view of the second World War.

"This play is different from other World War II plays," she said. "It is such a different angle. We're seeing it from the side of the U.S. It's a different type of struggle that happened a lot."

The play will run from Jan. 26 through Feb. 18 with shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets for the family-friendly show are $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors.

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