Writer and performer Adelaide Mestre’s award-winning show
TOP DRAWER is writer and performer Adelaide Mestre’s award-winning show about her journey to Cuba to seek out her deceased father’s piano, left behind when her family fled in 1960. The show takes place in both the past and present, as the audience follows her on her quest to reclaim her family’s heritage. In flashbacks, she chronicles her life growing up on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with her mother, a thrice-married, opera-singing socialite with impossible top-drawer standards, and her father, a gay, Cuban, manic-depressive concert pianist. In the story and song, she shares about her parents’ doomed love affair, her father’s struggle with his homosexuality, and his eventual tragic suicide. With sentiment and humor, she spins a tale of dysfunction and redemption and, ultimately, shares her discovery that art can be a kind of alchemy that transmutes loss and abandonment into freedom. TOP DRAWER will make you laugh, cry, and maybe even… sing.
Written and performed by Adelaide Mestre with Doug Oberhamer at the piano.
Directed by Coco Cohn.
Technical Direction and Stage Management by Stefania Diana Schramm