The Empty Nesters, written by award-winning playwright Garret Jon Groenveld opened on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at the Zephyr Theatre. Helicopter parents facing the question of what they want to be when their kids grow up is the focus in the new comedy-drama. This warm and witty look at a couple who drop their youngest child off at college and then take what may be a life-changing trip to the Skywalk at the Grand Canyon, is Tdirected by Richard Seyd, and stars real-life empty nesters John (JW) Walker and Pamela Gaye Walker, who reunite on stage after a 20 year hiatus.
Pamela Gaye Walker and John Walker, photo by David Allen

In The Empty Nesters, hard working parents Greg and Frances stop for a visit to the Grand Canyon’s breathtaking Skywalk, a not-to-be missed sight, after delivering their final child to college in Phoenix. But instead of seeing a limitless horizon full of fresh possibilities, one half of the couple faces an empty chasm, while the other begins to wonder if freedom is only a loss of solid footing.

John Walker is a film producer (The Incredibles – Academy Award®-Best Animated Picture, Tomorrowland, The Iron Giant) and actor, whose extensive theatre background includes 30 stage productions with his wife. Pamela Gaye Walker is an award-winning actress who has appeared in film, television, and on stages in New York, Chicago, and across the country.

Preview prices are $30 for General Seating and $40 for Reserved Seating; regular prices are $35 for General Seating and $45 for Reserved Seating. Student tickets are available at the Box Office one hour prior to the performance time and subject to availability. Valid student ID must be presented at the time of purchase. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 866.811.4111. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. 

Performances run: January 17 – February 17, 2019;

What: The Empty Nesters
Where: Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
When: The show opens on Sunday, January 20 at 5:00 pm; Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm