LAST THREE PERFORMANCES OF HAMILTON-GIBSON’S PRODUCTION OF “GRAND HORIZONS” EACH WITH SPECIAL INTRODUCTION AND TALK BACK ARE THIS FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, OCT. 21, 22 AND 23
“…a supremely funny comedy of marital malaise…’Grand Horizons’ is that rare animal, a smart but crowd-friendly Broadway comedy, one that does not pander to the audience, and finds twisty new paths through familiar pastures.” — Written in BroadwayNews.com on Jan. 23, 2020 following the Broadway debut of this show.
The last three performances of Hamilton-Gibson’s production of “Grand Horizons,” an adult comedy, will be at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22 and at 2:30 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 23 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. This show is for mature adults only.
There will be a pre-show introduction before each performance. Audience members who want to attend are asked to be seated in the theatre by 6:45 p.m. for the performances on Friday and Saturday and by 1:45 p.m. for the matinee on Sunday to engage in a short introduction to the play to provide some context for what they’re about to see.
Immediately following the performances on Oct. 21, 22 and 23, a “talk back” opportunity is offered so audience members can explore some of the themes and responses to the play.
Bill and Nancy French have recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and moved into Grand Horizons, an independent living facility. Suddenly, Nancy announces she wants a divorce.
As their two adult sons struggle to cope with the shocking news, they are forced to question everything they assumed about the people they thought they knew best.
Funny and painfully honest, this play explores a family turned upside-down and takes an intimate look at the wild, unpredictable, and enduring nature of love.
“The completely unexpected announcement that Nancy wants a divorce causes everyone involved to face the unexpressed desires and needs that they’ve hidden for years,” said Director Thomas Putnam who plays Bill French, Nancy’s husband. “The characters each have relationship issues to work through as marriage partners, as siblings, as parents and offspring, as love interests, as neighbors.”
Also in the cast are Kathryn Sheneman as Nancy French; Alex Dell as Ben French and Sarah Duterte as Ben’s wife, Jess French; Tim Mulcahey as Brian French; Jeremy O’Neil as Tommy and Angel Goodwin as Carla.
“Thomas (Putnam) asked if I would play Carla,” said Goodwin. “I told him I would read the ‘Grand Horizons’ script and if I liked it, I would do it. It was so funny and yet not far-fetched. It deals with issues of today and family dynamics so I said ‘Yes.’ Carla is a lot like me. She talks a lot, which I’m really good at,” Goodwin said.
“Angel is like her character in a number of ways – all good,” Putnam said. “Carla is an open book. She doesn’t hide anything and has no secrets compared to Nancy and Bill who have plenty of secrets. Carla pays attention to others; she “sees” them and appreciates them for who they are. One of the reasons Bill finds her interesting is that she simply enjoys his presence with no strings attached. Carla cares about people. She spends some of her time holding the hand of Alzheimer victims. She’s down-to-earth with no pretenses.”
General admission is $16 for adults. For tickets, go to hgp.booktix.com or call Hamilton-Gibson at 570-724-2079. Tickets, if available, can also be purchased in the Warehouse Theatre lobby beginning at 6:30 p.m. before the Friday and Saturday performances and beginning at 1:30 p.m. before the Sunday matinee.