Milford’s Second Street Players group continues to bring live theater to the region with its next production of “An Evening of Culture: Faith County II,” by Mark Landon Smith.
Second Street Players produced the show’s prequel, “Faith County,” in 2015.
Live performances will be Friday to Sunday, April 23 to 25, and Friday to Sunday, April 30 to May 2 at the Riverfront Theater, 2 South Walnut St. in Milford. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday shows begin at 2 p.m. The number of seats sold will be limited to 40 to enable socially distant seating. Seats are $20 with a $1 discount available to seniors, military, students, and SSP members. Tickets are all general admission. To facilitate state guidelines, ushers will seat each party to maintain social distancing.
For those who wish to enjoy the show remotely, there will be one streaming performance, an online-only option, at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 25. Passes to the streaming event are also available for $20.
The comedy revisits a small town in Arkansas where members of the Mineola Council for Cultural Recognition are presenting a performance of “Romeo and Juliet.” They attempt to bring to life one of the Bard’s classic plays on their cheaply built and constantly collapsing stage. It soon becomes evident that none are too sure of their lines, some are too old for their roles, the set is falling apart, and a dog will not shut up.
In this play-within-a-play, the director, Violet Farkle (played by EJ Panico), and star, Mildred Carson (Nancy Mikkelsen), are joined by local morality maven Ruthanne Barnes (Dana Willens), beauty consultant Naomi Farkle Carson (Karen Marshall) and the adorable Faye McFaye (Vikki Jenkins), who have been working hard on their Shakespearean performances along with Bubba Bedford (Andrew Hertzberg) and Luther Carson (Minor Hardin). They just hope that the set built by Delbert Fink (Ed Guinan) is ready in time.
Director Melissa Brenner and assistant director Gina Shuck said they have taken all required measures to protect the cast, crew and patrons of the Riverfront Theater. “We feel that with precautions taken, we can put on this hilarious, fast-paced comedy,” said Brenner. “It’s a great escape, and the audience will leave wearing smiles that can’t be hidden by a mask.”
To purchase tickets to a live or streaming show, or for more information, go to secondstreetplayers.com. Patrons who need assistance with the ticketing website or with other questions may email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 302-422-0220.
”An Evening of Culture: Faith County II” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French Inc.