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Taproot Theater Presents Enchanted April – Full Calendar

October 7th, 2009 · No Comments · Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Theater

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Bask in the warmth and enchantment of Italy without leaving Seattle during Taproot Theatre Company’s production of Enchanted April. Elizabeth von Arnim’s resplendent 1920s novel comes to life on stage in this Tony Award-nominated play by Matthew Barber. The enticement of an enchanting Italian holiday captivates the hearts of two British housewives on a drizzly London afternoon in 1922, and fills their imaginations with wisteria and sunshine. By the time they arrive at their Mediterranean villa, an aging matron and a young socialite have joined their quest for something more. The gardens, sea, cinnamon and pasta are just the beginning of the transformation they discover. Enchanted April, directed by associate artistic director Karen Lund, runs through October 24 .

Adapted first for the stage in 1925 and for film in 1935, von Arnim’s novel was also the basis for the popular 1992 film, the DVD of which was just released this year. This stage play based on von Arnim’s novel was originally produced in February 2000 by the Hartford Stage Company in Connecticut, and produced on Broadway in April 2003 at the Belasco Theatre, with Molly Ringwald as Rose Arnott.

Ultimately a story of escaping to a place of beauty and being transformed, the play begins in Great Britain just a few years after World War I, in a time of darkness and devastation, when people are still dealing with the great losses from the war.

“There’s this need to get away,” said Lund. “For all four of the women, there’s an amazing transformation that happens once they get to Italy where there’s sun, flowers and fresh air, and a new way of looking at life. It’s almost magical how the sunshine and fresh air brings them back to life emotionally, spiritually and sexually.”

“We’re in some really difficult times right now,” said Lund, “and it’s easy to be discouraged and disheartened. And so to come back to what gives us hope and the drive to keep moving forward is very inspiring. It’s a reminder that things can be restored—that marriages, happiness and balance can be restored.”

Taproot Theatre’s production features Jeff Berryman, Ryan Childers, Aaron Finley, Llysa Holland, Anne Kennedy, Kim Morris, Charity Parenzini and Nikki Visel. The production team includes scenic and sound designer Mark Lund, costume designer Sarah Burch Gordon and lighting designer Monty Taylor. Anne Hitt serves as stage manager, Gin Hammond as dialect coach and Katrina Moore as dramaturg.

After Enchanted April, Taproot Theatre presents the world premiere of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol by Seattle playwright John Longenbaugh. (November 20-December 30).

“Perhaps that’s why we need something beautiful now. To remind us of the possibility.”

- Lotty, Enchanted April

Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday matinee, 2:00 p.m.

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St. in Seattle.

TICKETS: Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday matinees, $26-28; Friday and Saturday evenings, $30-33; preview performances, $20-22; senior/student discount is now 10% off regular priced ticket; ages 25 and under, $10.

For tickets contact Taproot Theatre’s box office at (206) 781-9707. Group rates are available. For groups, call (206) 781-9708.

CALENDAR:

Wed. October 7 7:30 p.m. Post-play Discussion

Thurs. October 8 7:30 p.m.

Fri. October 9 8:00 p.m.

Sat. October 10 2:00 p.m.

Sat. October 10 8:00 p.m.

Wed. October 14 7:30 p.m. Post-play Discussion

Thurs. October 15 7:30 p.m.

Fri. October 16 8:00 p.m.

Sat. October 17 2:00 p.m.

Sat. October 17 8:00 p.m.

Wed. October 21 7:30 p.m. Post-play Discussion

Thurs. October 22 7:30 p.m.

Fri. October 23 8:00 p.m.

Sat. October 24 2:00 p.m.

Sat. October 24 8:00 p.m. Closing Night

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