There comes a time where the stars align and the universe shouts at me to pay attention and it's happening right now. 

WeightWeight. Why is it such an issue with me?  I've eaten to escape from pain, celebrate my successes and to deal with emotions from grief to boredom.  I've joined a support group of sorts to embrace a healthier me (and boy, is there a lot of me to embrace these days), and then I learn my acting teacher, Matthew Arkin, has been cast in the starring role at South Coast Rep in The Whale

The Whale is the story of a morbidly obese 600 pound man.  Charlie, since the death of his boyfriend, has confined himself to his small Idaho apartment and is eating himself to oblivion. With his health quickly failing, Charlie becomes desperate to reconnect with Ellie, his estranged and angry teenage daughter whom he has not seen in 17 years. He would give her anything: his love, his money....maybe even his life. Written by Obie Award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter, The Whale is a tough, humorous and emotionally powerful play about how we cope with loss, and how new definitions of family, friends and religion shape our lives.

Tonight (Thursday, Feb 28th) at 7 p.m. I'm going to attend SCR's audience enrichment lecture where audiences and artists gather for insightful discussion and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at SCR and The Whale, moderated by SCR literary manager Kelly L. Miller, Matthew Arkin, along with director, Martin Benson and fellow cast member Wyatt Fenner.

SCR and I have teamed up to giveaway two tickets to see The Whale!

 To enter, leave a comment about an experience you‘ve have had about emotional eating or family relationships. The winner will be announced 7pm on Thursday March 7th.

Plus special $26 ticket offer for Destination Irvine Readers!

Select Discount Ticket Performance Dates for The Whale - use Promo Code 8175 for discount

Sunday, March 10   2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12   7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13   7:45 p.m.

Thursday,  March 14   7:45 p.m.

Sunday, 3/17   7:45 p.m.

 Tickets: May be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run March 10-31. Ticket prices range from $20 to $70. Low-priced preview performances run March 10-14. 

Location:  South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the Folino Theater Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Blvd.

 Terry Winkler  is the founder of Enter Stage Write, an Orange County theater, entertainment and lifestyle website.