Saturday, November 2, 2019

RVCC Sets Student Theatre Production of Horton Foote One Acts

Raritan Valley Community College’s Arts & Design department will present a student theatre production featuring two of Horton Foote’s one-act plays

A Young Lady of Property
Blind Date

WHEN: November 5-8, at 7 p.m
: Welpe Theatre, 118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg
TICKETS: General admission tickets cost $12 each, $8 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the RVCC Theatre Box Office, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; call 908-725-3420. For further information, contact the Arts & Design department, 908-218-8876.

The two plays are set in Foote’s fictitious town of Harrison, Texas in the 1920s. A Young Lady of Property is a tender glimpse into a gentler time through the eyes of a young girl as she struggles to make peace between her past and her future. The outrageous Blind Date is understatedly funny, showcasing Foote’s ability to write with intelligence, humor and compassion. 

These two, charming short plays comprise a small part of the prolific writer’s canon of work. Known for his quintessential American voice, Foote won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 for his play, The Young Man from Atlanta. His writer’s voice is so genuine, life-like and poetic that author Harper Lee would entrust no one but Foote with the screenplay for her classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he won an Academy Award. His original screenplay for Tender Mercies garnered him his second Oscar and gave Robert Duvall his first Academy Award. Foote’s screenplay for The Trip to Bountiful was nominated for an Oscar in 1985 and also won Geraldine Page an Oscar.

The cast includes: Omar Ahmed (Dunellen); Alex Foreman (Pittstown); Melinda Hartman (Flemington); Tevin Ighalo (Somerville); Cassie Nowak (Middlesex); Erin O’Reilly (Bound Brook); Morgan Riddick (Somerset); Will Shelton (Bedminster); Lindsey Kazar (Branchburg); and Lauren Struble (Bridgewater). Danielle Barry (Bridgewater) directs; Alex Ridder (Flemington) is stage manager; George Uchrin (Lebanon) is assistant stage manager and manages properties; Chel Longfield (Glen Gardner) coordinates costumes; Kenny Savoy (Piscataway) designs sets/lighting; Evan Kupsch runs sound/lighting; and Dave Porter (Clinton Township) handles set construction.

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