"Same Time Next Year" Opens at Heritage Repertory Theatre;
Silent Auction Begins for Carousel Horse
10, 2000 --The
Repertory Theatre will present the third production in its summer
season of plays and musicals, the romantic comedy "Same Time
Next Year" by Bernard Slade. Directed by Douglas Sprigg ("The
Miracle Worker," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Picnic"),
"Same Time Next Year" will initially run July 13, 14,
15 & 17 at 8 p.m., and then return in rotating repertory for performances
on July 26, 29, and Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Aug.
Time Next Year" tells the story of George and Doris, both happily
married to other people, who meet by chance at a seaside inn and
impulsively spend the night together. What might have been a one-night
stand becomes a yearly rendezvous as George and Doris continue to
meet for one weekend a year over the twenty-five years which the
play spans. The social changes of this period, as the conservative
50's give way to the tumultuous 60's, are reflected by George and
Doris as they grow up and grow older together one weekend per year.
Perilstein, who also performs in Picnic this summer, plays George;
he appeared at U.Va. in Suddenly Last Summer and Into the Woods,
and at LiveArts in Human Interest. Just before beginning rehearsals
for HRT, he completed a run in the world premiere of Radium Girls
at the Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. Robbie Berry, who plays
Doris, is a Heritage veteran having appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird
and You Cant Take It With You, as well as the U.Va. Drama Dept.
productions of Arcadia and Suddenly Last Summer. Since leaving Charlottesville,
Robbie has performed the one-woman play Science Fair in New York
and Los Angeles.
"Same Time Next Year," HRT will open two shows in one
week: "Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown" based on Charles
M. Schulz's comic strip Peanuts opens Tuesday July 18; and the Fats
Waller musical "Aint Misbehavin" opens Thursday July 20.
are available at the HRT box office. Individual tickets are $25,
with student/child tickets at $14 and senior citizens (60+) at $21.
Reduced season tickets to all four remaining HRT productions are
available for $75, with discounts for students/children and seniors.
The box office, located in the Drama Building on Culbreth Road,
may be reached Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at
that its first production Carousel has closed, the Heritage Repertory
Theatre is hoping to find a good home for an important member of
that productionthe carousel horse! HRT will be holding a silent
auction in the lobby of the theatre, where the horse will be on
display. Patrons may place their bids (starting at $1,000) from
now until Aug. 5, the closing night of the 2000 season.
horse is a hand-carved reproduction of a horse created by M.C. Illions,
who was considered to be a master carver of carousel horses and
the creator of the Coney Island style. HRTs set designer, Tom Bloom,
bought the partially carved replica from a company in Ohio. Carousel
Magic sells carving kits in one of four stages, with stage one being
almost a plain block of wood and stage four being a finished horse,
said Bloom. We bought a stage two, which is partially carved but
unfinished and unpainted. Our properties crew completed the finely
detailed carving and applied all the paint and decorations.
horse cost more than half of the entire props budget for the summer,
but we couldnt do Carousel without a horse, said HRTs Producing
Artistic Director Robert Chapel. Through this auction, we hope to
recover some of our costs, plus give a patron the chance to have
their own piece of the show.