It’s a bitterly cold night in northwest London and schoolteacher Kyra Hollis is about to receive an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant, a late middle-aged business tycoon. Hollis was the nanny for Sergeant and his wife's two children. Nearly two decades her senior and now a widower, Sergeant has come to retrieve the girl that got away.
Except the 30-ish Hollis is no longer that 18-year-old who was his mistress. Can the two pick up where they left off and rekindle their romance? Or will the unlikely pair, who differ in everything from attitude, age, politics and economics, find it all too much to overcome?
From Europe to the United States, Skylight – this play by British dramatist David Hare – has resonated with audiences since its London premiere in 1995 and its
Broadway debut a year later. And now it comes here to Theatre on the Square.
“It’s a simple story about life, love, and how we are all slaves to circumstance,” says Lori Raffel, artistic and development director at TOTS, where the award-winning Skylight opens on Friday (Jan. 22nd).
Tom Sergeant (Bill Simmons), left, and Kyra Hollis(Sarah McGee) began a secret romance when Kyra worked as the nanny to Tom’s son Edward (Tyler Ostrander), background, in Skylight.
This story of impossible love takes place in the single, cramped setting of Hollis' dilapidated London flat. The play doesn't enlist special effects, an extensive cast or lavish musical numbers. Instead, it relies on smart dialogue and richly layered characters of the former lovers and Sergeant's teenage son.
“It is small – just three characters – but the words are so wonderful, you feel the vulnerability, struggle, regret and hope from each of them. These people could be you or me,” Raffel says. “It’s just theater at its best: actors saying words that you believe are real.”
Jan. 22 through Feb. 13.
Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave.