Posted: Thursday May 15, 2014
May 15, 2014
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre opens its 46th season of professional theatre with a preview of the regional premiere of the French comedy, Heroes by Gerald Sibleyras, translated by Tom Stoppard, on Thursday, May 29, directed by veteran director Colleen Reilly Rossmiller.
The preview performance is scheduled at 8:10 p.m. Thursday, May 29. Regular performances are set for 8:10 p.m. May 30 and 31, June 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14. Matinees are scheduled at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 4 and Sunday, June 8.
“It is August 1959 in our first show and three French veterans of World War I (Gustave played by David Cabot, Henri played by Philip Winters and Philippe played by Robert Haley) find themselves confined to a group home for retired soldiers,” Rossmiller explained. “The exploits of their youth seem long past as they spend their days sitting on a terrace, discussing the weather, planning (or resisting) birthday parties and reminiscing about former glories. However, when Philippe begins to suspect that the retirement home’s management is plotting against his life, he and Gustave launch a daring bid for freedom, dragging the reluctant Henri along in their wake. The result is a charming celebration of friendship, sacrifice and the courage it takes to grow old. We are pleased to present the regional premiere of this magnificent French play, translated into dazzling English by one of Great Britain’s finest living playwrights. At its London debut it won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy of 2006.”
“Cabot has been a regular at Saint Vincent Summer Theatre since 2007 and plays characters who are witty and with a human touch,” Rossmiller commented. “And Philip Winters has been acting with us since the 1990s, most recently as the star of the one-man show, The Chief, as Art Rooney Sr., founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is a delight to work with.”
“New to our stage but with extensive experience is Robert Haley,” Rossmiller continued. “He has appeared in feature films including Steeltown, Homecoming, Smart People, Hangman, Fast Company and The Shawshank Redemption. He has also appeared in miniseries and movies of the week (Joan of Arc, Anne of Green Gables, Unnatural Causes, The Third Twin, Mercy of a Stranger and Avro Arrow) and in television (Earth-Final Conflict, Total Recall, D.C. and Street Legal). His theater experience is impressive with appearances at the Stratford Festival, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Canadian Stage Company, Pittsburgh Playhouse and Quantum Theatre.”
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre patrons are asked to make ticket reservations in advance because seats are reserved at all performances except Thursday evening preview shows, which are general admission. Reservations may be made by calling the theatre box office at 724-537-8900. Theatre patrons may also make reservations online by going to www.svst.org. A credit card is required for on-line reservations, and such reservations are transferable, but non-refundable.
Individual tickets are $10 for preview performances, $19 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, $22 on Friday and Saturday evenings and $16 for matinees. Special theatre party group rates apply to groups of 20 guests or more. Senior citizens, 62 or older, are eligible for a $2 discount upon request on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings only. Special subscription plans are also available. Four-show and three-show subscription plans are again being offered this season. In addition, student tickets are available for $10 for any seat, any performance.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre performances are all scheduled in the comfortable, air-conditioned Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the Saint Vincent College campus. Free van shuttle service will continue to be provided to and from the spacious and convenient parking areas adjacent to the Saint Vincent Basilica.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre will continue to feature its well-known Cabaret, the special after-the-show party to which all theatre patrons are invited. Saint Vincent students serve snacks, hot dogs and beverages after the production and also provide entertainment. The cabaret is open after all performances except Thursday preview shows and all matinees. Theatre officials encourage donations if patrons enjoy themselves at the after-the-show party.
Upcoming productions include Boeing Boeing June 19 to July 5, Jeeves in Bloom July 10 to 26 and A Grand Night for Singing July 31 to Aug. 17.
The 25th annual Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Gala will be held Friday, July 11. All proceeds benefit the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre. To receive an invitation or further details, phone 724-805-2901.
A free brochure is available by contacting the Saint Vincent Theatre box office at 724-537-8900.
Photos: David Cabot, Robert Haley, Philip Winters
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