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Mildred's Umbrella Has Its 16th World Premiere With Keian McKee's Comedy Pollywog

In Keian McKee's new play Pollywog, the lead character is a woman named Polly. About to go on her first ocean swim, she has her mother's ashes with her. As a child, Polly was being taught how to swim by her mother, but those lessons stopped suddenly when her mother had a debilitating stroke.

The comedy, making its world premiere here, follows the adult Polly on her swim as she encounters various characters from her past. There's her mother (both pre- and post-stroke), her father (a former sailor, he's a cemetery salesman) and several imaginary playmates (they helped Polly care for her mother). Oh, and a couple of Hollywood swim idols (think Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller) are also in the water.

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Olivia Flores Alvarez