Curtains will open tonight
Take your “honey” on a date night to see “A Month of Sundays” this weekend.
Curtains open on the production at the Port Aransas Community Theatre beginning tonight, Thursday, Sept. 22. Performances will continue Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24, and Thursday, Friday and Saturday Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Two matinee performances are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25, and Oct. 2 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets for Friday and Saturday performances are $15. Discounted tickets at $10 each are available for Thursday evening and Sunday matinee shows. Tickets may be purchased by calling the theatre box office at 749-6036 Thursday through Sunday and leaving a message, by visiting the theatre’s Web site, www.portaransascommunitytheater. com and following the link for obtaining tickets, or at the box office one hour before performances.
The play, written by Bob Larbey and directed by Ginny Shaw, is about John Cooper, a widower whose fear of falling keeps him home-bound at a Westchester retirement home. Trying to keep his spirits up, Cooper enjoys flirting with Nurse Wilson and venting his sarcasm with Mrs. Baker, the housekeeper. Cooper’s best friend is Michael Aylott, a physically hearty man who is beginning to lose his mental faculties. The two buddies create several rituals to give their days meaning, including a memory game about the 1937 New York Giants starting line-up, a drawn out game of chess and a daily toast to their two-man “escape committee.” On the first Sunday of every month, Cooper’s middle-aged daughter Julia comes to visit. Father and daughter don’t get along very well until they finally express their feelings and failings to each other. Meanwhile, Aylott’s mental condition is deteriorating fast and he seems just a few steps away from “zombieland.” Cooper realizes that the choices he makes about his future will affect not only his happiness but also the well-being of others.
The play is billed as having poignant moments of humor, sadness, conflict and revelation. The story is a guided tour into the land of the long lived, with interesting side trips on the meaning and value of friendship, memory, feeling needed and the choices we make.
Cast members are: Jim Cravens as Cooper, Patsy Balcom as Nurse Wilson, Lisa Cravens as Mrs. Baker, Jack Dreessen as Aylott, Tamara Merson as Julia and Arnold Govella as Peter. The crew includes lighting design by Larry Patton, set construction by Jim Shelton and technical booth also by Shaw.