NEW, ORIGINAL VIDEO PRODUCTION!
Morrisville's Heritage Center Theatre is dark due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but its resident ActorsNET theatre company is celebrating its 25th Anniversary - so the show must and will go on!
Coming later this fall ActorsNET will premiere an online video presentation of J.M. Barrie's whimsical fantasy play, DEAR BRUTUS - which is often described as "Peter Pan for grown-ups."
Reader, ask yourself this: What if you could go have a second chance? To see how your life might have been different, and then perhaps be brave enough to change your life?
That's the intriguing challenge offered to five women, three of their spouses, and the disreputable butler to an eccentric horticulturist named Lob. It is the early 1900s in the English countryside. All are gathered in the mansion's drawing room, which overlooks Lob's garden. They have been invited to observe Midsummer's Eve.
Before the night ends, they will enter a mysterious woodland that magically appears just beyond the garden. They enter the wood, and each experiences an alternate reality that shows them what might have been.
Adapted for digital media by director Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski and narrator Charlotte Kirkby, DEAR BRUTUS combines the technology of Zoom for socially distanced interior scenes, with exterior scenes filmed in a local woodland under strict adherence to safe distance standards. The stellar cast, alphabetically, consists of Ken Ammerman, Cheryl Doyle, Joe Doyle, Matt Duchnowski, Mary Kierst, Charlotte Kirkby, Michael Krahel, Nyiema Lunsford, Cat Miller, Nicholas Pecht, and Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski.
"Hundreds of hours will have gone into bringing this video production of DEAR BRUTUS to the public, free of charge," said ActorsNET Artistic Director Cheryl Doyle. "Maryalice and Charlotte have crafted a brilliant version of the script and gathered a creative production team to bring J.M. Barrie's 1917 work into the 21st Century, with its mystical magic in place."
Watch for further updates about the DEAR BRUTUS Project online at www.actorsnetbucks.org, the ActorsNET of Bucks County Facebook Page, and other social media platforms. The company is aiming for a December release date.