The Chester Theatre Group is presenting The Trip to Bountiful this weekend through Sunday, March 12th. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $20.00 with a discounted price of $18.00 for seniors over 65 and students under 18. Tickets may be purchased online at www.chestertheatregroup.org.
Written by one of America’s greatest writers, Horton Foote, “The Trip to Bountiful” is the story of Carrie Watts, a woman who is living the twilight of her life trapped in an apartment in 1940's Houston, Texas with a controlling daughter-in-law and a hen-pecked son. Her fondest wish -- just once before she dies -- is to revisit Bountiful, the small Texas town of her youth which she still refers to as "home." The trouble is her son, Ludie, is too concerned for her health to allow her to travel alone and her petty daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae, insists they don't have money to squander on bus tickets. This prompts "escape" attempts each month which coincide with the arrival of Mrs. Watts' Social Security check. Then, Mrs. Watts makes a successful escape and last trip home.
The playwright Horton Foote has had over fifty of his plays produced, and is perhaps best known for his screenplays for the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird and the 1983 film Tender Mercies. He received two Academy Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 for his play The Young Man From Atlanta. The Trip to Bountiful started out as television play with Lillian Gish, has been produced on Broadway twice, and was made into a movie with Geraldine Page. In the most recent Broadway production, Cicely Tyson received the Tony Award for her role a Carrie.
The talented cast of The Trip to Bountiful includes Matt Cotton of Sparta; Terri H. Sturtevant of Hillsborough; Christopher Gibbs of Fanwood; Michael Harvey of Morristown; Amie Quivey of Convent Station; Nancy Culton of Bedminster; Barbara Haag of Chester; Jackie Jacobi of Edison; Bob Sackstein of Chester; and Stephen Catron of Mendham. The production is directed by Kevern Cameron (photo).
The Black River Playhouse
The Chester Theatre Group performs in The Black River Playhouse, an intimate, 100-seat theater in the heart of Chester Borough’s historic district. The venue’s in-the-round format ensures that every seat offers an engaging, memorable experience for each audience member.
The theater is located on the corner of Grove Street and Maple Avenue. For more information, visit the CTG website at http://www.chestertheatregroup.org.
Top Photo: Barbara Haag, Michael Harvey and Terri Sturtevant (photo by Steve Catron)