Take the Plunge

Set on a diving board in a hotel in Greece, High Dive chronicles a woman’s fear of heights and her misadventures during past vacations. Written by award-winning playwright Leslie Ayvazian, High Dive is a light comedy about the indelible task of overcoming one’s greatest fears while finding the absurdity within them. The play explores risk-taking through hilarious anecdotes about courageous excursions gone horribly wrong (a hurricane in Hawaii and a cold snap in Florida, among others). Five-time Carbonell-nominated actress Barbara Sloan stars as the narrator. She will comically recount her adventures in calamity, aging, and overcoming fear while standing perched above a pool, contemplating whether or not to jump. And although it’s billed as a one-person play, the production will actually star a cast of 34. A half hour before the performance, Sloan will enlist willing audience members to play hotel guests who goad her to take the plunge. High Dive opens at New Theatre on Friday.
Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: Jan. 28. Continues through Feb. 13, 2011


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