Rehearsals have been underway for Second Street Players’ summer comedy, Barefoot in the Park. Neil Simon’s classic romantic comedy is about newlyweds in the 1960s that start married life in a tiny fifth floor Manhattan walk-up apartment and discover that being married isn’t so easy after all.
Directed by Mark Dissinger from Milford, the play will be presented at Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut Street, Milford. Barefoot in the Park runs for two consecutive weekends, opening on Friday, July 15 and closing on Sunday, July 24.
Second Street welcomes newcomers Samantha Simpson from Camden as free-spirited Corie Bratter and Tyler Ryan from Milford as her husband, Paul, an uptight, strait-laced lawyer. While new to Riverfront Theatre, both are accomplished collegiate actors and theatre majors, Samantha at Washington College in Chestertown, MD and Tyler at Albright College in Reading, PA.
“I am excited to play Corie, I have wanted to play her for a while,” commented Ms. Simpson. “She is such a real character. She has flaws, she is a bit irrational but she does everything in the name of love. She is always trying to be everything for everyone but realizes she cannot always do that. I can relate to her and have enjoyed playing her. “
Second Street veteran Maria Fry from Milford plays Corie’s mother, Ethel, ready to rediscover her own carefree and spontaneous self, and Steven Haber from Rehoboth Beach (last seen at Riverfront in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) plays Victor Velasco, the Bratter’s womanizing next door neighbor. Michael Schmiedlin from Dover, another community theatre newcomer, is cast as Harry Pepper, the wisecracking but empathetic telephone installer. Maynard Gregory closes out the cast as the over-worked, out of breath delivery man.
“Barefoot in the Park is one of Neil Simon’s best known and funniest shows,” says Director Mark Dissinger. “This group of actors play Simon’s hilarious yet very human characters in a way that everyone can relate to. They are a talented mix of fresh faces to Second Street and some who our audiences are very familiar with. Rehearsals have been going well in preparation for what I know will be a show that audiences will fall in love with.”
Show dates for Barefoot in the Park are Friday and Saturday, July 15, 16, 22, and 23 with curtain at 8 pm and Sunday matinees on July 17 and 25 at 3 pm. All performances are at the Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut Street, Milford, Delaware. Tickets are $17 with a one dollar discount for seniors, students, and military at the Sunday matinees. There is a special Dinner and Theatre event on Saturday July 16 at the Georgia House. Tickets for that event are $45 per person of $80 per couple. You get a delicious dinner and reserved seats for the performance. Reserved tickets are now available by calling Second Street Players at (302) 422-0220 or going on-line to www.secondstreetplayers.com.