MOUNT VERNON — MTVarts’ production of “The Trip to Bountiful,” as part of its Senior Series of plays, is now in rehearsal. It will be presented at The Alcove Restaurant in downtown Mount Vernon at 7 p.m. on May 6, 7, 13 and 14, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on May 15.
The play, written by Horton Foote, tells the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman living in a Houston apartment with an over-controlling daughter-in-law Jessie Mae and over-protective son Ludie. Her wish, “just once before she dies,” is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas town of her youth. She has made many attempts to “escape,” but is always foiled by their vigilance.
“Bountiful” tells the story of her final escape, and her journey where she befriends young Thelma and encounters the sheriff who has orders to hold Ms. Watts until her son arrives. Will her strong will and determination overcome the sheriff’s objections, or will she fail once again? This powerful presentation will have the audience rooting for her success. The 1985 movie version of “Bountiful” featured an Oscar-winning performance by Geraldine Page and received five other nominations.
“Bountiful” is directed by Susan Gordon, and features Mickie Galajda as Carrie Watts, Bruce Jacklin as Ludie, Megan Evans as Jessie Mae, Jackie Hatch-Miller as Thelma and Richard McKinley as the sheriff. It also includes Ted Dingler, Sam Vance, Jerry Redfield and Kate Redfield in supporting roles.
The production and design team includes Bruce Jacklin, artistic director; Ted Dingler and Jerry Redfield, producers; Dan Fox, Dan Bockover and Rick Ernsberger, scenic construction; Chris Aust, costume designer; Scott Swingle, lights and sound; Ian Ernsberger, technical director; Carrie Crouch, promotional design; and Bonnie Pickett and Katie Redfield, stage managers.
MTVarts Senior Series focuses on plays that address senior adult issues, and feature intergenerational actors and producers. Anyone interested in supporting the Senior Series or volunteering, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The admission price includes show, dessert and a beverage. There will be social time starting half an hour prior to the start of each show. In addition, The Alcove Restaurant is offering 20 percent off any entrée for those wishing to have dinner prior to the performance. For tickets, call The Alcove Restaurant at 397-3076. For more information, visit www.mtvarts.com or www.alcoverestaurant.com.
Published on May 4, 2011