Summer Season 2019 Season
The 40th Summer Theatre Season will open with M*A*S*H, based on the film and television series dramatized from the book by Richard Hooker. It was originally made into a film directed by Robert Altman starring Donald Sutherland and Sally Kellerman, then in 1972 made its debut on television. Members of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital care for the injured during the Korean War and use humor to escape from the horror and depression of the situation. Among the 4077's people are Captains. Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce and "Trapper John" McIntire, Majors Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan, Frank Burns, and Corporal Walter "Radar" O'Reilly, to name only a few of the many endearing characters that audiences have come to love.
The second production of the summer season will be the wonderful new comedy, Ripcord by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire playing July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 26, 27. Director Michael Genevie describes the play as based on television templates like the long-time classic tv series, On Golden Girls and new and popular Netflix series Grace and Frankie. Set in a sunny room on an upper floor in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, cantankerous Abby finds herself forced to share her quarters with new arrival Marilyn. She has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly-chipper woman by any means necessary. Genevie describes the new play as “having a wicked sense of humor - a la Golden Girls - and an entertaining story of these two women thrown together by a comic cosmic force - a la Frankie and Grace.”
THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
For the second summer in a row, under the direction of Kathy Genevie, the Abbeville Opera House Youth Theatre will present a summer long series of theatre classes that will culminate in a full scale production of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain on August 1, 2, 3 and 4. Tom Sawyer has been made into dozens of feature films and television shows and this large cast Opera House production evokes the world of boyhood in nineteenth-century rural American. In this classic story, Mark Twain re-created a long-ago world of freshly whitewashed fences and Sunday school picnics into which some very interesting characters intrude. This play, according to Kathy Genevie, “powerfully appeals to both adult nostalgia and young imaginations.”
Closing the 40th Summer Season will be the Pulitzer nominated classic, LOVE LETTERS by A.R. Gurney. This beautiful script provides us with a radical departure from many of our recent productions and a perfect way to bring our 40th Summer Theatre Season to a close. This brilliantly written romantic story begins in the late 1930’s featuring a series of letters that chart the forty-year long relationship between two friends, Andrew Ladd and Melissa Gardner from privileged adolescence to adulthood and the circumstances that keep them apart. Both funny and touching, Love Letters will feature a different cast of veteran Opera House performers sharing the stage for each performance – guaranteeing that each show will be different and will come alive with brilliant acting and a rich and vibrant energy. Performances are on August 9, 10, 16 and 17.
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