Greg Winkler, who plays anger-challenged patriarch Chet Pazinski, provided the Winkler’s coffee and tea bags used on the set, above. Winkler’s family ran the store that bore the family name at the same time playwright Tom Dudzick was writing his play about growing up Catholic in Buffalo in 1959. The iconic Winkler’s grocery is mentioned prominently in the play. After Winkler’s father died in 1996, Greg Winkler told the Longmont Times-Call, he received a letter from Dudzick explaining how he came to include the store in his script. The Winkler’s in Buffalo closed in 1968. Below, Winkler takes a moment alone in the darkened backstage to prepare for the start of the performance.
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