Actors Theatre Presents Barefoot in the Park
November 16 – December 18
by Neil Simon
directed by Marc Masterson
Thursday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Louisville, KY – Artistic Director Marc Masterson and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein are pleased to present Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, directed by Marc Masterson and playing the Bingham Theatre at Actors Theatre as part of the Brown-Forman Series, previewing November 16 and 17 then running November 18 through December 18.
Described in The New York Times as “a bubbling rib-tickling comedy”, Barefoot in the Park is one of the sweetest odes to young love and commitment ever written for the theatre. Newlyweds Corie and Paul’s first experiences of married life as they settle into their tiny apartment and negotiate their opposing personalities, their eccentric neighbors and a meddling mother, provide the perfect backdrop against which Simon’s lively word games play out with warmth and nostalgia.
“Barefoot in the Park is a great old-fashioned romantic comedy.” explains Marc Masterson, speaking on what drew him to include the play as part of Actors Theatre’s season lineup. “ Neil Simon has created real characters you can’t help but care about and writing that’s simply brilliant”, he adds.
Barefoot in the Park premiered on Broadway in 1963 picking up a slew of award nominations, secured Mike Nichols a Tony Award for Best Director of a Play and is Simon’s longest running Broadway show to date. Often recognized as one of the most successful playwrights in American history and an icon of film and theatre, Simon’s work continues to resonate with audiences seduced by his sharp one-liners and ability to stage everyday experiences honestly and humorously. While the conflict Simon’s creates between Corie’s enthusiastic carefree approach to life and Paul’s buttoned-up conservatism speaks to the wider social–political landscape of the decade, Barefoot in the Park is at its heart a winsome comedy with sitcom sensibilities.
Jane Pfitsch and Lee Aaron Rosen will make their Actors Theatre debuts as the free-spirited Corie and straight-laced Paul Bratter. Ms. Pfitsch was most recently seen off-broadway in The 39 Steps at New World Stages, while Mr. Rosen recently appeared in the title role in Moira Buffini’s Gabriel at the Atlantic Theatre Company. We are thrilled to welcome back Actors Theatre veteran and former company member V C Heidenreich in role of the colorful and eccentric neighbor Victor Velasco. He will be joined by Peggy J. Scott as the meddling mother, Mrs. Ethel Banks, and Aaron Munoz as the telephone man. The creative team includes; Scenic Design by Tom Tutino, Costume Design by Lorraine Venberg, Lighting Design by Brian J. Lilienthal and Sound Design by Matt Callahan.
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News Points This is the first Neil Simon production Marc Masterson has directed. Neil Simon drew inspiration for Barefoot in the Park from his own real-life experiences of early married life to his wife Joan in their tiny brownstone apartment in New York. Barefoot in the Park turned hit film with the 1967 release of the movie starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford. Actor V C Heidenreich’s credits at Actors Theatre include ten seasons and more than eighty productions. Aaron Munoz ‘s previous Actors Theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 43 Plays for 43 Presidents and The Tempest.
Tickets are on sale priced from $20, and can be purchased by calling the Actors Theatre box office at 502-584-1205 or online at ActorsTheatre.org. Discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 502-585-1210.
Barefoot in the Park will begin with preview performances November 16 and 17, open November 18 and run through December 18. Please call the Box Office or visit our website ActorsTheatre.org for a detailed performance schedule.
The Gallery at Actors Theatre
November 9 – December 20
Sculptor, Juliet Ehrlich presents 24 small, painted reliefs mounted upon silks and brocades and traditionally framed inspired by the Renaissance master drawings. Ms. Ehrlich is a recent principal sculptor for the first three bronze reliefs of the Lincoln Memorial.
Note to Editor:
As part of the Brown-Forman Series, a season long commitment by Brown-Forman which supports 7 shows in Actors Theatre’s program. Their support is very important to us. We would greatly appreciate inclusion of their participation in your coverage.
About Actors Theatre of Louisville
Marc Masterson, Artistic Director
Jennifer Bielstein, Managing Director
Now in its 47th season, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the State Theatre of Kentucky, has emerged as one of America’s most consistently innovative professional theatre companies. For more than 30 years, it has been a major force in revitalizing American playwriting. Its annual Humana Festival of New American Plays is recognized as the premier event of its kind and draws producers, journalists, critics, playwrights and theatre lovers from around the world for a marathon of new works. More than 350 plays from Actors Theatre have been published, making them available to producers and readers, and creating a significant addition to the nation’s dramatic literature. Actors Theatre’s programming includes a broad range of classical and contemporary work, presenting more than 500 performances each season. The company performs annually to nearly 200,000 people and is the recipient of the most prestigious awards bestowed on a regional theatre: a special Tony Award for Distinguished Achievement, the James N. Vaughan Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement and Contribution to the Development of Professional Theatre, and the Margo Jones Award for the Encouragement of New Plays. Actors Theatre’s international appearances include performances in over 29 cities in 15 foreign countries. Currently, there are 40 books of plays and criticism from Actors Theatre in publication and circulation.