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One man’s midlife message

Play penned by Siena grad a story of friendship and health

“Four Play: The Musical” follows four male friends through their post-college years.

“Four Play: The Musical” follows four male friends through their post-college years.

Siena alumnus and playwright Rick Wilson found himself inspired by “Menopause.”

“Five years ago, my wife dragged me to see ‘Menopause the Musical,’ and I was one of five guys there, and we were mocked mercilessly. When I left the theater, I thought there must be a male response,” said Rick Wilson, whose own play “Four Play: The Musical” will wrap up its inaugural tour for five nights at Foy Hall at Siena. “We don’t go through menopause, but there are things and stages in a man’s life that he goes through.”

IF YOU GO

• What: “Four Play: The Musical”

• When: May 23-24, 30-31 and June 7 at 7:30 p.m.

• Where: Siena College’s Foy Hall

• How much: $30

• Info: 1 (800) 838-3006, ext. 1, or www.brownpapertic...

Over the course of two and half years, after their four kids had moved out of the house and while working own mortgage company, Wilson would chip away at his script after work or in the middle of the night. The end result deals with men’s midlife musings, as well as shedding some light on the importance of colon cancer awareness.

Wilson, who lives in Queensbury, had no previous experience in writing a script, but he said it was something he had always wanted to do, and his wife said he has knack for it.

“I’ve been telling people for years he writes a heck of a Christmas letter. People who aren’t even in our family like to read it,” said Nancy Wilson

Nancy has played an integral role in bringing the play from paper to the stage. She said “Four Play” is something both genders will enjoy.

“Unlike ‘Menopause,’ this is for men and women. Women like to poke their men and laugh and say, ‘Those are things you do.’ We even have women make a girl’s night out of it,” said Nancy.

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