A Play with Purpose: Marguerite Fair’s Goddess Intervention

By Natasha Lewin

The cast of “Goddess Intervention.” From l, Maggie Gautier, Jody Berger, Cynthia Russell, Cal Bartlett, Marguerite Fair, Audrey Mitchel, Katsy Chappell, and Toni Tinkelman.

The cast of “Goddess Intervention.” From l, Maggie Gautier, Jody Berger, Cynthia Russell, Cal Bartlett, Marguerite Fair, Audrey Mitchel, Katsy Chappell, and Toni Tinkelman.

When senior playwright and screenwriter Marguerite Fair initially created Goddess Intervention, her intention was to help fund her next production Your Late Mother — a collaboration with Kevin Dobson of Knots Landing and Kojak. As a member of Women in Film and the Female Playwrights Initiative, Fair decided that she would put up a one-day-only show, complete with door prizes, raffles, and plenty of See’s candy, turning Goddess Intervention into more of a party than a performance.

Hosted by emcee Maggie Gautier, the event was held at SpiritWorks Center Sunday afternoon where goddesses and gods of all ages convened for an afternoon of free giveaways, hearty laughs, and lots of chocolate. Goddess Intervention takes aim at the inevitable process of aging. Centering around four self-proclaimed goddesses intent on finding happiness outside of sex, men, and ice cream, the women, armed with a rulebook a mile long, run into a barrage of obstacles ranging from ex-lovers to restraining orders. All rational thinking is thrown out the window when Goddess Luella, played by Cynthia Russell, kidnaps her former co-worker and flame, Phil, played by Cal Bartlett of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Rounding out the cast is comedian Katsy Chappell as Goddess Queen Lee, Toni Tinkelman as freshly transgender Goddess Sky, Jody Berger as Goddess Cora, and Audrey Mitchell as Goddess Shabeth.

While getting older isn’t easy for either gender, Goddess Intervention is a good example of the hoops we jump through when gravity takes over and hormones start to burn out.


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