Eastbound presents 'Hollywood Arms'

Eastbound Theatre, a division of the Milford Arts Council, will present the second show of its 22nd season, the living memoir “Hollywood Arms,” by Carrie Hamilton and Carol Burnett, directed by Chris Peterson.

Performances will be Feb. 5 through 21, with a special benefit performance on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Based on the memoir "One More Time" by the comedienne, mother and daughter collaborated for a play that balances humor and poignancy, as a  dysfunctional family lives in a one room apartment one block north of Hollywood Boulevard.

Helen leaves Texas in 1941 with her grandmother, looking to join her mother in California. Since her estranged father is barely in the picture, she accompanies her grandmother to bargain matinees at the movies, and spends time with young Malcolm on the rooftop. As time passes, her talent for characters and impersonations becomes her life's dream, but her path continues to clash with the problems and addictions faced by her family.

The show features Matthew Casey of Milford, Emma Cenholt-Haulund of Trumbull, Andrea Snow Garmun of Milford, Cassie Gerace of Monroe, Barry Hatrick of Milford, Dena Ciprut Lagonigro of Stratford, Michael Maurati of Milford,  Jean Marie McCormick of Stamford, Nick Priscott of Stamford, and Nora Watson of Stratford.

One of the most iconic American comedic actresses, writers, and singers, Carol Burnett is probably best known for such films and television shows as Annie, Mama's Family, and The Carol Burnett Show.

Her daughter and co-writer on the piece, Carrie Hamilton, was a talented actress and songwriter in her own right, having appeared on the television show Fame, the movie Cool World, and in a national tour of Rent. Although she collaborated with her mother on Hollywood Arms, she never saw it produced, as she died from cancer in 2002.

Director Chris Peterson says of directing this moving piece, "I love stories of overcoming obstacles and following your dreams, and there is no more poignant example of this than Carol Burnett's. She is an icon, and to be able to share her heartbreaking and inspiring experiences is a tremendous privilege."

Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors, $16 for MAC members and $5 for students under 18 years old.

For tickets, go to www.milfordarts.org or call 203-878-6647.