Cast members in “Barefoot in the Park” are pictured during a recent rehearsal. From left: Chayse Mitchell, Courtney Briley, Ann Livers and Garrett Wright.
Oct. 29, 2019
Opening November 8th, the Roane State Community College Playmakers present Neil Simon’s hilarious play, “Barefoot in the Park.” Though newlyweds Corie and Paul Bratter are anxious to begin their life together in a cozy little fifth-floor flat, they quickly learn that a happy marriage doesn’t come easy.
A quirky apartment, an eccentric upstairs neighbor, and a lonesome mother-in-law add to the fun as free-spirit Corie works to pull Paul away from his suits and ties.
Veteran performer Courtney Briley (Mother-in-Law Ethel) is joined by Playmaker newcomers Garrett Wright (Paul), Ann Livers (Corie), and Chayse Mitchell (Neighbor Victor Velasco).
With cast chemistry that brings Simon’s delightful story to life, “this local production will have you belly-laughing from opening lines to closing curtain,” director Courtney Minton said.
“It’s irresistibly charming and simply hilarious! Anyone who’s ever been married will relate to newlyweds Corie and Paul.”
While anyone can join the Playmakers, RSCC sponsored productions provide students with a work-based learning environment. The production and backstage crews, comprised of RSCC students led by Technical Director Jon Chemay and Stage Manager Kaelee Hagins, provide a beautiful combination of costumes, props, and set construction to complete the performance.
Of her learning experience, assistant stage manager Elizabeth Hall shared, “Working with this cast has been wonderful, and I’m excited to see how it all comes together on opening night.”
Performances of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park can be seen Nov. 8-9 and 15-16 at 7:00 p.m. or Nov. 10 and 17 at 2:00 p.m. Performances will take place at the O’Brien Theatre on the RSCC Roane County campus. Admission is free and all donations will benefit future RSCC productions. For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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