“Retirement is whatever you choose to make it, and though I’ve enjoyed being a columnist for the Cape Gazette and writing novels, there is a yearning to return to the stage. Hence the debut of ‘The Schoolgirl, the Scandal and the Scoundrel,’ or ‘Everything I learned in life, I learned as a waitress.’”
Writer Lisa Graff will be joined on stage by the Gone Boys, a local band, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Shrimpy’s restaurant north of Rehoboth Beach. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10 at the door. Seating is limited; sign up at signupgenius.com/go/5080e48aca82ea5fa7-lisa.
Graff’s love of theater began when she was a child, prompted by an active imagination, boredom and a yearning to join the Mickey Mouse Club. She would write skits, and assign parts to her sisters and other neighborhood boys. They set up folding chairs in the shade of the back yard and included a Dixie cup of cherry Kool-Aid with the price of a nickel admission.
After experiencing some acting roles in college, Graff married and became involved with community theater and directing high school productions.
A few years ago, Graff saw a performance piece by Judy Jones about the time in her youth when she was a Las Vegas showgirl. Jones’ performance piece inspired a memoir, “A Lot of World to See, 1958-1964, That Crazy Mixed Up Shallow Soul-Searching Henry Miller Life We Led.” Graff knew she wanted to do something similar.
Since the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild showcases writers like Graff along with the music of Stuart Vining and Amy Felker every month at Shrimpy’s, Graff made arrangements to hold her event there.
Graff knows Terry Plowman, Beach Life Magazine editor and longtime musician, because he often attends the writers’ guild events. Plowman, Mike Long and Steve Wilson comprise the Gone Boys, who will accompany Graff on stage. The Gone Boys played at The Front Page restaurant in Rehoboth Beach from 1984 to 1993. Stuart Vining is their sound man.