Why We Have A Body, a comedy featuring an original score by Edward Auslender, will be performed at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica beginning Friday, March 2 through April 22.

Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday at Edgemar, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica.

The play follows private eye Lili, whose specialty is divorce cases and investigating adulterous husbands. But Lili herself is having an affair with a married woman, Renee, who is (or was, up until this point) a heterosexual.

Lili’s sister, Mary, is a career criminal who compulsively robs convenience stores at gunpoint. But Mary is trying to make an effort at having a non-criminal life and for this, she has Lili’s assistance.

More than anything, Lili and Mary want to be family. But their mother, Eleanor, is forever exploring cultures in some other country or on some other continent, while Mary and Lili long for their mom.

Written by Claire Chafee, Why We Have A Body premiered in San Francisco in 1993, when it enjoyed a long run, and was successfully revived there last year.

The cast includes Tanna Frederick, who is also making her directorial debut, Barbara Bain, Cathy Arden and Alexandra Sedrowski.

The original score by Auslender is performed live by Kyle O’Donnell, saxophone; David Abrams, guitar; Trevor Steer, piano; Cooper Appelt, bass; and Robert Humphreys, drums and percussion. The score features a mix of jazz, funk, blues and classical music, combined with original sound effects.

The show is produced by Alexandra Guarnieri, with set and lighting designs by Joel Daavid and sound design by Auslender.

Tickets are $34.99. A limited number of tickets will be available for each performance at a discounted price of $25.

For reservations, (310) 392-7327.

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