Program Details

Dramawise: The Duration by Bruce Graham

Gary Cadwallader

Course Description

Audrey Batten and her daughter have a deep conflict. How do two strong women with very different grief coping strategies find common ground? In this moving, powerful, and absorbing play by Bruce Graham, family comes first, but it isn't easy. In this interactive discussion about the Palm Beach Dramaworks production of “The Duration” by Bruce Graham, PBD's Gary Cadwallader examines the characters, their relationships, the major themes of the play, and today's sociological relevance. Interesting multimedia clips supporting the discussion will be used to enhance the understanding of the production. Participants receive a copy of the play beforehand and a comprehensive, informative PBD Dramaguide written specifically for this discussion. After an in-depth conversation about inner strength, fear, and love, participants leave with a deeper understanding of the play and the dynamics of grieving and forgiveness.

About the Instructor

  • Founded in 2000, Palm Beach Dramaworks is a professional theatre company with a mission to engage and entertain audiences with provocative and timeless productions that personally impact each individual. They are dedicated “to enhance the quality of life through the transformative power of live theatre.” Consistent artistic excellence throughout their history places Palm Beach Dramaworks at the forefront of the artistic landscape of Palm Beach County.

    Gary Cadwallader, MFA, is the director of education and community engagement at Palm Beach Dramaworks. As a professional actor, director, and educator, Cadwallader is committed to providing strong, vibrant arts and arts integration opportunities for educators and students to nurture creativity, inspire potential, build confidence, and encourage self-expression. Cadwallader was most recently seen onstage at PBD as Captain Brice in "Arcadia" and John Adams in "1776" (Carbonell nomination.) He maintains a career as an actor and director and has performed across the country at theatres such as Wisdom Bridge Theatre in Chicago, ZACH Theatre in Austin, Great Lakes Theater in Cleveland, and on the national tour of "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story." On camera, roles include "A League of Their Own", "The New Untouchables", and "Forensics" (pilot). He has an MFA from Western Illinois University and is immediate past president of the Florida Theatre Conference. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA).