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LeGacy Presents launches eighth year with “Barefoot in the Park”

LeGacy Presents will begin its eighth production year with Neil Simon’s romantic comedy “Barefoot in the Park” the month of September at the Nevada Theatre. Premiering on Broadway in 1963, “Barefoot in the Park” is Simon’s longest running Broadway play, and at 1,530 performances (just short of four years), still holds the record as the 10th longest running non-musical play ever on Broadway, according to http://www.wikipedia.com.

The struggles of unlikely newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter make for a delightful story of a two people getting to know themselves and their love for each other, while unearthing the differences between their two worlds.

Paul, a rising young attorney, particular about his surroundings and physical comforts, is shocked upon discovering his new bride has rented a fifth floor walk up with no heat, no bathtub, or room for a proper bed. Robert Redford premiered as Paul on Broadway (directed by Mike Nichols) and continued the role in the 1967 film opposite Jane Fonda.

Corie (originated by Elizabeth Ashley) is a free spirit, in love with Paul and life, loves her new bohemian digs, and takes each day as a new adventure. Upstairs spry, flirtatious neighbor Victor Velasco becomes a source of delight for Corie, helping decorate her new apartment and introducing her to new culinary and artistic interests, much to Paul’s disdain. When Corie sets up her proper, yet sweet mother, Ethel, with Velasco on a blind dinner date, the sparks fly, as do the tempers!

LeGacy co-founder and producer Sue LeGate- Halford directs. Keeping the setting in the mid -’60s was important to LeGate-Halford and the cast.

“While the day to day troubles a newly married couple face remains timeless, it has been a lot of fun to keep the timeline back in the ‘60s. Corie’s breaking away from the stereotypical new housewife mode, along with the costumes and setting, has kept it really fresh for all of us,” Halford said.

The character of the telephone repair man (an hysterical debut by LeGacy and stage newcomer Adam Morton) is a really good example of the uniqueness of the time, she added.

“Corie is delighted to see her very first phone installed and receives some kind words of wisdom when the repairman returns to revive the “dead” phone. In the age of cell phones and super technology, that childlike exuberance would certainly be lost,” Halford said.

LeGacy veterans John Bivens and Nadia White return to the Nevada Theatre stage as Paul and Corie. Bivens was last seen in LeGacy’s Dracula as the unlikely hero Jonathan Harker, and White was the doomed Lucy in the same production. White also took on the role of Lennie in the LeGacy’s Elly nominated “Crimes of the Heart”. Returning for LeGacy also are Sara Noah (A Christmas Carol) as Corie’s mother, Ethel, and Ward Thompson (To Kill A Mockingbird) as Victor. Ron Rund rounds out the cast as the exhausted delivery man.

Tickets for “Barefoot in the Park” are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, available at The Bookseller, Harmony Books, online at legacypresents.com or by calling 530-268 5419. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursdays (Sept. 18 and 25), 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays (Sept. 21 and 28). Saturday is Gala night, all tickets are $25, and includes live pre-show music by Dave Halford and the Cool Beans, complimentary drinks, appetizers (doors open at 7), and a cake and champagne reception with the cast after the show.

For more information, go to legacypresents.com

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