Written and Performed by Sherry Jo Ward
When professional actress Sherry Jo Ward was diagnosed with Stiff-Person Syndrome, a rare degenerative disease that slowly inhibits mobility, she turned to theatre to tell her story. Funny yet vulnerable, STIFF offers a poignant experience for all audiences.
In the Theatre Ticket: $35
On the Screen Ticket: $10 - If you plan to screen this performance with family and friends, please consider donating the price of additional tickets to support the theatre and working artists. To purchase this option, please select any date of the performance and choose "On the Screen." Your link to stream the show will be sent to you via email on October 12, 2020 and can be viewed at any time until November 1, 2020.
Virtual Viewing Party: October 15 at 8:30 PM - Join us for a virtual viewing party of the show followed by a post-show discussion!
Synchronicity Theatre’s staff and administration weighed the option to offer live theatre experiences very carefully and determined that the less-risky, safer approach is to use data and the recommendations of health care providers and scientists to make informed decisions about the best ways to protect the health and well-being of our actors, audiences, staff and crews. We have decided to offer extremely-limited live viewing opportunities, and reserve the right to cancel “In the Theatre“ performances if certain criteria are not met. Our commitment to providing a space for audiences to come together live with our artists, whenever we are able to do so, reflects our mission to use theatre to build community.
Two weeks before every production, we will notify you if we have decided to cancel the “In the Theatre” performances. This decision will be made if the COVID-19 test positivity rate’s 7-day average is higher than 8% in the metro-Atlanta area as determined by Georgia Department of Health’s daily COVID-19 status report. We will inform you of any changes that will be made to programming. All “In the Theatre” ticket confirmations for the 2020-2021 season will also include a link to digitally stream the performance, and can be exchanged for "In the Theatre" tickets to another 2020-2021 show.
Our theatre entrances and exits have been streamlined to reduce group contact in our lobby area, and to allow for safer seating options. The night of the performance, our House Managers will reserve seating based on protocol established by the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing ensuring at least six feet of distance. The audience will be capped and seated, one-by-one according to these specifications.
We require all audience members to wear masks and keep safe social distance, and they are encouraged to use hand sanitizer and wash hands frequently. No walk-ups will be permitted the evening of the performance. All tickets must be reserved online in advance of the performance.
If you have concerns about viewing our performances in our theatre space, we encourage you to choose the “On the Screen” ticket option to receive a link to stream our performances at any time.
We appreciate the patience from our Synchronicity community in regards to these evolving circumstances. Please review all the COVID-19 precautions and requirements for our 2020-2021 season here.
Written and Performed by Sherry Jo Ward
Stage Manager - Dionna D. Davis
Assistant Stage Manager - Jazmine Carmichael
Production Manager - Vallea Woodbury
Set Designer - Gabrielle Stephenson
Lighting Designer - Elisabeth Cooper
Props Designer - Chase Weaver
Costume Designer - Tony Fernandez
Sound Designer - Dan Bauman
Video Designer - Kimberly Binns
Master Electrician - Amy Morrow
Cinematic theatrical videos created by Felipe Barral and IGNI Productions.
Sherry Jo Ward [Playwright, STIFF] [GA, USA] Sherry Jo Ward is a professional theatre artist, seen in acclaimed plays including International Falls and August, Osage County (WaterTower Theatre), Precious Little (Echo Theatre), Mary Stuart (Walking Shadow Theatre), Henry V (Abilene Shakespeare Festival), and A Christmas Carol (Ryman Auditorium), as well as premiering Scripted and Ham and Moon on Rye (Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY). Her screen credits include Endings, In the Middle, and Hulu’s Monsterland, in which she plays a mother who, like Sherry, uses a wheelchair and is a stroke survivor. She has a BA in Theatre from Abilene Christian University and MFA from University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival. This will be Sherry’s final run of the award-winning STIFF. Many thanks to actor husband Thomas and their sons Chris and Adam.
Stiff was originally produced by Risk Theater Initiative, directed by Marianne Galloway.