Red Barn Theatre Presents "Brilliant Traces" March 5-6 & 12-14
63rd Street Productions, Inc., will produce Cindy Lou Johnson’s charmingly out-of-the-ordinary play Brilliant Traces in the Red Barn Theatre’s cabaret theater space beginning Thursday, March 5.
The 90-minute, two-character play opens with an irresistible teaser of a scene in which a travel-weary young woman, Rosannah DeLuce, staggers into a cabin in Alaska in a wedding dress after her car gets buried in a blizzard.
After a manic, rambling six minute monologue to the cabin’s blanket-shrouded occupant, Rosannah crumples to the floor in a faint, and the plot begins to unfold.
The audience becomes a witness to two people whose lives collide as they both are running from events in their past.
It is clear from the opening curtain that Rosannah needs saving, but what also becomes apparent is that the reclusive cabin owner, Henry Harry, needs saving as much as she does.
Comic moments are followed by anguished moments as this story about isolation and the need to connect to someone is unraveled.
Director Al Ver Schure chose two actresses to play the character of Rosannah: Christine Randall, who will enact the role during the March 5-7 performances; and Bethany Perkins who will play Rosannah during the weekend of March 12-14.
Both performers worked with Ver Schure as characters in last season’s Steel Magnolias.
Additionally, Ms. Randall appeared in Ver Schure and Bud Ferguson’s original musical Carney Dreams, at the Red Barn in 2012.
Ms. Perkins acted in several Ver Schure-directed Hamilton High School shows when he was a teacher and theatre director there.
Brian Visscher will play Henry Harry throughout the two-weekend run of the show. Brian has high school theater credits for Wit, Fools, the role of The Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Schroeder in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and The Cat in the Hat in Seussical.
According to Ver Schure, Brilliant Traces has been a show on his radar for more than 20 years since he first saw it and fell for its very human message at Hope College’s Summer Repertory Theatre.
He also says the Red Barn’s downstairs cabaret space is ideal for the intimate nature of the show, as audience members will be seated at tables, as well as in rows, and the table seating is immediately in front of the low stage placing patrons almost in the action.
The show will be performed at the Red Barn Theatre’s downstairs cabaret space, March 5-7, and March 12-14, with curtain time being 8 p.m. for each performance.
Tickets are general seating and are $15 for regular admission and $12 for seniors, students and 63rd Street members. Tickets may be obtained by calling the Red Barn box office at: (269) 857-8388; online at Brown Paper Tickets (just search for Brilliant Traces), or they may be purchased at the door the evenings of the performances. Cabaret doors open at 7:15 p.m..