Terrence McNally’s award-winning 1996 play portrays opera legend Maria Callas, who, at a mature age, finds herself challenging young students to make sacrifices (as she did!) for great art, while also boldly sharing recollections of her personal life and career. The lead role has attracted heavyweight actresses, including Zoe Caldwell, who starred in the Broadway original alongside a young up-and-comer named Audra McDonald (both ladies won Tonys for their work). Patti LuPone, Faye Dunaway, and most recently Tyne Daly have also tackled the diva role. This new ACT 1 production stars community theater veteran Patricia Rulon, who is supported by a strong cast of singer/actors including Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva and L. T. Kirk, plus the leading lady’s real-life daughter, Emily Apuzzo, as First Soprano Sophie. The production includes incidental music by Verdi, Puccini and Bellini, with John Todd serving as piano accompanist. Dan McGeachy directs.