Richmond Community Theatre announces 2014-15 schedule

Staff report

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Community Theatre, among the oldest in North Carolina, has announced its 2014-15 slate of performances.

Shelly Walker, director, oversees the casting and set design of three shows each year along with the Young People’s Theatre summer program along with a volunteer board of directors. The 2014-15 show includes “Love Letters” in October, “Always a Bridesmaid” in January 2015 and “The Lady with All the Answers” in April.

RCTThe lineup is, as always, subject to availability of rights and casting requirements.

The only reason “Love Letters,” written by A.R. Gurney Jr. in 1988, became a play “is that my agent and friend Gilbert Parker suggested it might work on stage” Gurney wrote on his website. “I had written it as an epistolary story and proudly sent it off to The New Yorker magazine, which proudly sent it right back, saying, “We don’t publish plays.” So with Parker’s encouragement, I persuaded an actress friend of mine, Holland Taylor, to read it with me at the New York Public Library in place of a lecture on “Wasps at Dinner”. The reading engaged the audience enough for Parker to offer the play to other theatres, and it was eventually picked up by the Long Wharf Theatre where it was directed by John Tillinger.”

The story “is about a 50-year love affair carried on primarily through letters, written in and about a world where letter-writing was very much a essential mode of communication, especially between men and women.”

Always a Bridesmaid” is a 2013 comedy written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. The six-woman cast that resolves around “four friends (who) have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other’s weddings … no matter what.”

More than 30 years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making “the long walk” for each other, determined to honor that vow. Libby Ruth, the hopeful romantic with the perfect marriage, believes — in spite of all evidence to the contrary — that her friends can find the very same happiness. Headstrong Deedra’s “rock-solid” union hangs by a thread when she discovers her husband of many years has not only a wandering eye but the hands to match. Monette, flashy, high-spirited and self-involved, continues to test her friends’ love and patience with all-too-frequent trips down the aisle.”

The Lady with All the Answers,” written by David Rambo, is a one-actor play about advice columnist Ann Landers.

“An Ann Landers column had heart, humor and a little sex,” Rambo wrote on his website. “That’s what I wanted my play about her to be.”

“Ann Landers at her peak had over 70 million readers. She informed and chronicled the rapidly changing society in the second half of the 20th century. Although I read her growing up (her column was always the hot part of The Pottstown Mercury), it was when the news broke of her divorce in 1975 that I realized how connected I felt to her. I was dealing with the shock of my parents divorce at the time. Mom and Dad? And now, Ann Landers? Was nothing sacred?”

See the Richmond Community Theatre Facebook page or website for specific show dates and times. 

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