SALT Performing Arts Presents the Premiere of Best-Laid Plans for Romance, a New Play by Local Playwright Michael Tarringer

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WEST CHESTER, PA — SALT Performing Arts announced its first annual local playwright production, Best-Laid Plans for Romance, by Michael Tarringer running January 14 – 23, 2022 at SALT’s Black Box Theatre in West Chester.

SALT’s 2022 Season blasts off with its first local playwright production, The Best-Laid Plans for Romance, an original two-act play written by West Chester resident, Michael Tarringer. The dramedy focuses on the Green family. Max and Ruth Green are empty-nesters. Their daughter, Maggie, doesn’t have time for double-dating with her roommate, between work, taking college classes at night, and refereeing her parents’ arguments. Maggie’s father, Max, has been oblivious to his wife’s attempts to rekindle some romance between them. While Max appears to only be passionate about baseball, the advice he gets from his daughter and friends inspires Max to try to reconnect with his wife. The show digs into these relationships: father/daughter, mother/daughter, husband/wife, old and new friends – and in the process of telling its story about the characters, we see ourselves or recognize others we have come across. The play also weaves in observations about our society, how people look, communicate, the social and print media we are constantly exposed to, the things that we say and do that can help and hurt each other, and the steps we can take to heal when we think there’s no hope and it hurts too much to go on.

“We believe it is important to inspire local playwrights to put pen to paper when they have ideas,” expresses Lauren McComas, President and Artistic Director of SALT Performing Arts. “Each year, we will receive script submissions from local playwrights for SALT to produce their show and bring their stories to life. We are thrilled that our first annual Local Playwright Production will feature the play The Best-Laid Plans for Romance by Michael Tarringer, who will also direct this piece as it is brought to life for the first time on a stage.”

Audience members at the Saturday January 22, 2022 performance will have the opportunity to participate in a lively cast talkback discussion immediately following the show.

Cast and Crew 


Carey Rumpf/Max Green, Lauren Rozensky Flanagan/Ruth Green, Bryanna Pye/Maggie Green, Jerry Rawson/Ira Feinberg, Katrya Oransky-Petyk/Faye Lawson, Meghan Sudol Crook/Laura Fields, Greg Kasander/David Becker, Peter Phillips/Don Carter, and Madison Niness/Doc


Director: Michael Tarringer
Stage Manager: Anton Patriarca
Assistant Stage Manager: Maddie Novak
Costume Designer: Elizabeth Tozer
Props Master: Laurey Zoladz
Set & Tech Designers: Rob Merow & David Craig
Marketing Director & House Manager: Judy Elliott
Promotional Photographer: Mike Styer
Producer: Lauren McComas

Details for Best Laid-Plans are as follows:

In-Person Tickets

  • Location: SALT West Chester: 19 Hagerty Blvd, West Chester PA
  • Seating is general admission at full capacity.
  • All ticket sales are final.
  • If you need handicap accessibility, please email Judy at to arrange front row seats for your party.
  • Open seating
  • Per current CDC guidelines, masks are recommended indoors in Chester County. SALT is asking all audience members (both vaccinated & unvaccinated) to wear masks at all times indoors. Performers will be unmasked.
  • PG-13 (adult themes)
  • For more info check out our FAQ page.
  • Complete information and ticket link here

Show schedule:

  • Friday, January 14, 7PM | Dressy Attire & Champagne Opening Night | $20
  • Saturday, January 15, 7PM | $15
  • Sunday, January 16, 2PM | $15
  • Friday, January 21, 7PM | $20
  • Saturday, January 22, 7PM | $20
  • Sunday, January 23, 2PM | After show talk back with the cast | $20

Ever since the shutdown in March of 2020, SALT has adapted to the pandemic restrictions and circumstances to keep their community connected and the arts alive. Despite the challenges through it all, SALT has brought the community connected via online Cooped Up Cabarets, Beyond the Walls outside drive-in concerts, an outdoor Good Ol Fashioned Variety Show, and an outside production of The Last Five Years, an indoor production of Nunsense with performers in plexiglass boxes, Rise UP, a 6-year anniversary fundraiser made available via live-streaming, and A Christmas Spectacular via a video stream. SALT kicked off its 2021 season with a live and live-streamed production of Annie the Musical followed by Little Shop of Horrors, Shrek, and Singin’ in the Rain.

The mission of SALT Performing Arts is to provide live community theatre productions, Playhouses for Preschoolers at Montgomery School, summer/year-round theatre camps for kids, dinner theatre, and more. With excellence as the standard, SALT, a non-profit organization, believes that the “community” is paramount in community theatre and strives to foster an all-inclusive atmosphere that promotes a positive, uplifting experience for each individual. SALT involves people of all ages from all walks of life. If you are interested in learning more about SALT Performing Arts, making a donation, or being a sponsor, please email us at

SALT Performing Arts, Chester Springs, PA 19425 is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes with a non-profit 501(c)(3) status. For more information or visit

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