Everyman offers ‘Trip to Bountiful’

Mar 28, 2013
Photo by: Ian Brooks Andrea Itkin makes her Everyman Rep debut in “The Trip to Bountiful.”

Rockport — Everyman Repertory Theatre will perform Horton Foote's “The Trip to Bountiful” Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., April 6 through 21, plus Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St.

“The Trip to Bountiful,” adapted from a television play by Foote, tells the story of lonely widow Mrs. Carrie Watts (Andrea Itkin) who wants to return to her hometown but is consistently thwarted by her overbearing son Ludie (David Troup) and bossy daughter-in-law Jessie Mae (Jennifer Hodgson). One day, Mrs. Watts successfully breaks free and embarks on her trip to Bountiful, Texas, in hopes of gaining understanding and peace of mind. Along the way, she encounters a kind policeman (David Greenham) who has been looking out for her by request of her son and Thelma (Abby Norman), a young woman traveling alone who elicits memories of Mrs. Watts’ youth. Randall Merrifield and Paul Hodgson round out the supporting cast.

Director Laurel Johnson called “Bountiful” is a wonderful play and very significant for the times.

“With Americans getting older and the economy forcing so many of us to make different choices, the play is more relevant today than when I saw it in New York years ago. It addresses the isolation of the elderly, the importance of family and most of all the necessity of belonging to a community by which we are defined and grounded,” Johnson said.

The cast includes a mix of Everyman Rep veterans as well as newcomers. Itkin lives in Camden, works as Curriculum Coordinator at The Community School and has acted with the Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor and the Public Theatre in Lewiston. This is her first production with Everyman.

Director Johnson was last seen in the Everyman’s production of “God of Carnage.” The production staff includes stage manager Keith Mackenzie, producer Ellen Barnes, set designer Ken Barnes, lighting designer Brandon Koons, sound designer Steve Bird and costume designer Jessica Manbeck.

The box office will open a half hour prior to each show. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 236-0173; at HAV II and Owl & Turtle in Camden; or online at everymanrep.org. Special seating accommodations can be made; call the box office ahead of time to make arrangements.

Tickets are $20, $10 for students, in advance; and $25, $15 for students at the door. Everyman is providing 15 free tickets to eight of the local high school drama departments to encourage students to attend the show.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Jessie Mae (Jennifer Hodgson, right) urges her mother-in-law Mrs. Watts (Andrea Itkin) to stop rushing around in “The Trip to Bountiful.” (Photo by: Ian Brooks)
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