By William Inge
On a sweltering Labor Day morning in a small Kansas town, the women of a quiet neighborhood on the wrong side of the tracks are preparing for the annual picnic. Their lives are disrupted when Hal Carter, a muscular and charming young drifter, hops off the freight train, and heads straight for Mrs. Potts’ hospitable home. Hearts are broken and lives are changed, as Hal’s lively, dangerous, masculine energy wakes up the sleepy community. William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama explores themes of sexuality, repression, restlessness, and rites of passage. Picnic won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play in 1953, and featured Paul Newman in his Broadway debut.
In this gentle and romantic comedy, two London housewives pool their savings to rent a villa in Italy for a ladies-only holiday away, reluctantly recruiting a pair of difficult upper-class women to share the cost and the experience. Against the backdrop of a country still reeling from World War I, the women join together under the Mediterranean sun, seeking a necessary balm of sunshine and renewal. Soon joined by the villa owner, husbands and lovers, the four women clash — and then begin to bond and bloom. Enchanted April won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New American Play in 2003, along with numerous Tony Award nominations.
Providence Players is producing a special, virtual, free offering of one of the one acts from Mere Mortals, by David Ives. It is lunch time, on a girder 50-stories high amidst the New York skyline. We eavesdrop on three construction workers who share increasingly amazing secrets of their past. A hilarious comedy and one of Ives’ best! This play has some strong language that may be offensive to some viewers.
This is a limited engagement, and will be made available to current patrons, donors, members and individuals who sign up on the Providence Players email list. It will be made available via special access at three different times on three different dates:
- Friday, June 12, 7:00pmET (accessible 6:45-9:00pmET)
- Saturday, June 13, 7:00pmET (accessible 6:45-9:00pmET)
- Sunday, June 14, 2:00pmET (accessible 1:45-4:00pmET)
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