Theophilus North – October 14-15 & 21-23, 7pm in the MAT at BTW.
Tickets available at the door. Adult – $5 Students – $3
Playwright: Matthew Burnett
Adapted from Thornton Wilder’s novel and published by Samuel French.
The play is set in and around Newport, Rhode Island during the summer of 1926
Set in the tiny resort town of Newport, RI, during the height of the Jazz Age in summer, 1926,Theophilus North follows the exploits of the title character as he searches for adventure and his place in the world. Quitting his teaching position in New Jersey, and stranded in Newport after his jalopy breaks down, thirty-year-old Theophilus takes odd jobs (tennis instructor, French tutor, private reader…) in houses of the wealthy, infiltrating himself into the lives and troubles of Newport’s residents, both upstairs and downstairs. But the greatest adventure in store is not at all what he has imagined…
A Call to Action: Blues for Mr Charlie/Radium Girls –
November 3-7, 11-13, 7pm Black Box Theatre at BTW.
Tickets available at the door Adult – $5 Students – $3
Playwright: DW Gregory
Based on the true story of the dial painters who made labor history.
The story: 1926. Radium is a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage. Until the girls who paint those watch dials begin to die. Based on the true story of the women and men who worked for the U.S. Radium Corporation in Orange, N.J.
Blues for Mister Charlie
Playwright: James Baldwin
Produced and published in 1964. A denunciation of racial bigotry and hatred, the play was based on a murder trial that took place in Mississippi in 1955. “Mister Charlie” is a slang term for a white man.
The story concerns Richard Henry, a black man who returns to the Southern town of his birth to begin a new life and recover from drug addiction. Lyle Britten, a white bigot who kills him for “not knowing his place,” is acquitted by an all-white jury. Racism scars both black and white members of the community who attempt to intervene.