The Willingham Theater Proudly Presents the Pulitzer Prize winning classic comedy, PICNIC, on April 5, 6, 12, and 13
(Yadkinville, NC) – The Willingham Theater is excited to bring the classic Pulitzer Prize winning production of PICNIC to the stage for an exciting two weekend run. PICNIC will take place on April 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 7:30pm each night.
Come see the play that launched the career
of the legendary actor Paul Newman
From the author of COME BACK LITTLE SHEBA and BUS STOP comes the classic Pulitzer Prize and Critics Circle award winning comedy PICNIC. On a sweltering Labor Day weekend in a small Kansas town, the women of a quiet neighborhood are preparing for the annual picnic. The group consists of two middle-aged widows: Flo Owens, the protective mother of two teenage daughters, and good-natured Helen Potts, happy to get a break from taking care of her elderly, invalid mother. They are joined by Flo’s border, Rosemary Sydney, a spinster schoolteacher. Suddenly, a handsome young drifter named Hal Carter appears, immediately capturing the women’s attention. In the next 24 hours, hearts are broken and lives are changed as Hal’s charming yet dangerous animal vitality pits the longings of youth against the complacency of middle age. PICNIC is a comedy/drama you’ll remember for a long time.
This Pulitzer Prize winning play by William Inge was the Broadway hit that launched Paul Newman’s career as an actor. It was later made into a hit film starring William Holden, Kim Novak, and Rosalind Russell. Who can forget Kim Novak and William Holden moving toward each other to the Academy Award winning song, “Moon Glow?”
***Directed by Ron Stacker Thompson***
Tickets & Additional Information
When: April 5-6, & 12-13 at 7:30pm
Where: Willingham Theater, 226 E. Main St., Yadkinville
About the Yadkin Arts Council
The Yadkin Arts Council and Cultural Arts Center’s mission is to enrich the lives of every citizen of Yadkin County through a broad variety of arts programs that touch, inspire and involve creative spirits of all ages and all backgrounds. We believe art is transformational. Arts open minds, frees imagination and helps people see the world from different perspectives.
The Yadkin Arts Council is a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Yadkin County citizens through the arts. In September, 2010, the council opened the new Yadkin Cultural Center, providing a home for the arts in Yadkin County. It encompasses the Welborn Gallery, the Willingham Theater, the Center Bistro, classrooms and meeting rooms, staff offices and working artist studios. The Yadkin Arts Council website at yadkinarts.org provides up-to-date information about existing and upcoming exhibits, events and programs and offers forms and rules for artists wishing to submit artwork for future exhibits and juried shows.
About the Willingham Theater
The Willingham Theater hosted its first performance in December 2012, just two short years after the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center opened its doors to the citizens of Yadkin County. While many might dismiss the power of a small city theater, we like to prove that we can indeed bring the big city excitement and experience to our small town. Our state-of-the-art theater seats 193 patrons and showcases a variety of engaging performances ranging from music, dance, drama, comedy, and even film. In addition to ample seating, the Willingham Theater has a remarkable state-of-the-art-technology. The Willingham Theater is owned and operated by the Yadkin Arts Council.