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Heritage Repertory Theatre Season Continues with Pulitzer Prize Winner "Picnic "

July 6, 2000 --Less than a week after being "Carousels" 19-century New England coastal village, the Culbreth stage will transform into a backyard in a 1950s Midwestern town when the Heritage Repertory Theatre opens William Inges Pulitzer-prize winning drama Picnic. Directed by Douglas Sprigg (The Miracle Worker, To Kill a Mockingbird), Picnic will initially run July 7, 8 & 10 at 8 p.m., and then return in rotating repertory for performances on July 25, 28, 31 and Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on July 29.

Picnic, the second production in HRTs summer season of plays and musicals, tells the story of a young vagabond named Hal Carter who awakens the passions of the women of a sleepy Kansas town. Madge, the local beauty queen, is torn between her attraction to the dangerous Hal and her staid boyfriend Alan. Madges mother Flo sees in Hal a long-forgotten young lover; and his arrival inspires Rosemary, an unmarried school teacher, to demand more commitment from her long-time boyfriend Howard.

David Lee, recently seen as Jigger in Carousel, plays Hal. Mary Margaret Anderson, who portrayed Anita in last summers West Side Story, returns to play Madge. Kate Burke-Benedict, who heads the U.Va. Drama Departments voice program and has appeared there in Two by Tennessee and Twelfth Night, plays Flo. David Shelton, who starred in HRTs productions of A Moon for the Misbegotten and Rumors in 1992, returns to play Howard.

Following Picnic, HRT will open three more shows in less than two weeks: "Same Time Next Year" by Bernard Slade, opens July 13; "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" based on Charles M. Schulzs comic strip Peanuts opens July 18; and the Fats Waller musical "Aint Misbehavin" opens July 20.

Tickets 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 (804) 924-3376.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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