MEREDITH — Barefoot in the Park, Neil Simon's light-hearted romance between a straight-laced lawyer and an impetuous free spirit begins where most romantic comedies end – with the marriage! It runs at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse from July 17 to July 27.
Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds moving into their fifth-floor walkup apartment. Adjusting to married life soon becomes complicated by a leaking skylight, the appearance of her mother, an eccentric neighbor, and all those stairs! Will solving their problems be as simple as taking a barefooted walk in the park?
After a six-day honeymoon, Corie and Paul move into their apartment and find that it is not furnished, painted incorrectly, and is up six flights of stairs! Set in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, this couple learn to live as a "couple" while facing the usual daily ups-and-downs in Barefoot in the Park. This is Neil Simon's longest-running hit, and the tenth longest-running non-musical play in Broadway history and was nominated for three 1964 Tony Awards.
The Winni Playhouse Professional Company is excited to have Playhouse veterans Alex Jacobs, Richard Brundage, Jonathan Weber and Donna Schilke in this play and welcomes Julie Ek in her Playhouse debut. A rotating list of "local celebrities" will make guest appearances in the cameo role of the Delivery Man. The play is directed by NH Theatre Award-winning director, Bryan Halperin.
"It's easy to see why Barefoot in the Park was Neil Simon's longest running Broadway play. The classic "opposites attract" scenario mixed with Simon's signature wit makes for a perfect summer evening - plenty of laughs and the chance to experience or reminisce about young love. Throw in a terrific cast and Barefoot will be a summer night to remember,'' says Halperin.
Barefoot in the Park is the third play in The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's summer season. Pre-show dinners are available at the lobby bar and catered by Magic Foods Restaurant Group, the owners of Canoe in Center Harbor and O Steak and Seafood in Laconia. On selected nights, free pre-show entertainment is available at the outdoor amphitheatre beginning at 6:45pm.
The Summer2013 season is generously sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank and Laconia Harley-Davidson. Barefoot in the Park is further supported by the generous sponsorship of Bank of New Hampshire and Lovering Volvo.
It is recommended for ages 12 and above. Performances are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Monday. The Wednesday, July 24 performance will include a post-show discussion and Q & A with the cast and crew. Tickets are $27 for seating in the orchestra, $22 for seating in the first row of the balcony and $15 for seating in the second row in the balcony. Tickets can be ordered by calling (603) 279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winniplayhouse.org.
Jonathan Weber and Julie Ek in rehearsal for Barefoot in the Park. (Courtesy photo)