Sons of the Prophet is Angela Dias’ third production at Little Theatre of Manchester. Previously, she played Ethel Banks in Barefoot in the Park and Clairee in Steel Magnolias. Other favorite roles include Fraulein Schneider, Cabaret (Chestnut Street Playhouse); Gertrude, Hamlet (Dionysus Theatre); Mattie Fae Aiken, August: Osage County (Meetinghouse Players); and Becky, Becky’s New Car (Windham Theatre Guild). Angela also serves as an LTM Governing Board member and as the Secretary of LTM’s Artistic Board.
In Sons of the Prophet, Angeal plays Gloria. In her heyday, Gloria was a successful editor/book packager in NYC, but now she finds herself in Nazareth, PA. Gloria says some ridiculous things but her mannerisms are not ridiculous. She’s as human as everyone else in the play. However inappropriate or misguided her words and actions may seem, she’s a woman whose pain, loneliness and urgent need to reach beyond herself are just as poignant as they are funny.
Gloria is often described as “a fish out of water.” She’s Manhattan in West Scranton; she is of a completely different socioeconomic background; she’s had a completely different life than most of the other characters. But in spite of these differences, it is Gloria that reminds us that “We’re not strangers. We know each other well.”
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