Stained Glass Playhouse will present Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” during the first three weekends of February.
Paul and Corie Bratter (played by Chris Swaim and Janea Platt) are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. After a six day honeymoon, they begin married life in their new apartment — a tiny, 5th-floor walk-up in a Manhattan brownstone, too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. While Paul tries to prove himself in the courtroom, Corie proceeds to set up their new place in her own quirky style. As the young couple contend with a lack of heat, a skylight that leaks snow, and several long flights of stairs, they begin to realize they must also reconcile their own personal differences in how they approach life’s challenges.
In the midst of it all, they encounter their oddball neighbor Victor Velasco (played by Gregg Vogelsmeier), a quirky bohemian who lives in the attic. They also get a surprise visit from Corie’s well-meaning mother, Mrs. Ethel Banks (played by Becky Burke). Corie decides to play matchmaker at a dinner that takes the four of them on a wild adventure all over New York City, during which everything that can go wrong, does.
Written by Neil Simon
Directed by Steffanie Vaughan
PERFORMANCES: February 1-3, 8-10, & 15-17
Friday and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm
The buttoned-down Paul and fun-loving Corie always knew they had their differences, but after the strange night out and the events that follow, they begin to wonder if maybe they are just too different for one another. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, and Corie thinks Paul is too staid, too boring, and just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start…
The honeymoon might be over, but these two young adults (and the older folks too) still have plenty to learn about themselves, and about the realities and compromises that come with being in a relationship.
“Barefoot in the Park” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. All performances will be held at Stained Glass Playhouse, located at 4401 Indiana Avenue in Winston-Salem, NC, in the former sanctuary of Marvin United Methodist Church. Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors (60+) and teachers, and $12 for students. For more information about the show, visit stainedglassplayhouse.org/barefoot-in-the-park/.
About Stained Glass Playhouse
Stained Glass Playhouse is a 501(c)3 non-profit community theatre specializing in affordable, professional-quality productions in a small, intimate setting. Located in the former sanctuary of Marvin United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Stained Glass Playhouse offers shows and theatrical events which encompass moral messages, family values, and community issues. We are a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Arts Council (intothearts.org) and the North Carolina Triad Theatre League (triadtheatre.com).
2018-2019 Season Flex Tickets are still available through February 28 at stainedglassplayhouse.org/tickets/ or by calling the Box Office at (336) 499-1010. For those interested in supporting Stained Glass Playhouse and/or advertising in our show programs, Flex Tickets can also be obtained through giving and sponsorship opportunities available on our website.