Heritage Repertory Theatre Season Continues with Pulitzer Prize Winner
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.
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
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
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.
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