Bucks County life is played for laughs onstage as the nonprofit ActorsNET co-produces a new play with the newly emerging New Hope Repertory Theater Company.
“Reckonings in New Hope” by Emmy-winning writer Christopher Canaan bows on ActorsNET’s Heritage Center stage in Morrisville, Jan. 28, for a three-weekend run.
“We’re presenting a serio-comic tale of three childhood friends who reunite at the allegedly most haunted inn in Bucks County for their 50th high school reunion. Each man is dealing with life-altering situations while committing to buy and save the inn from outside developers.” New Hope Rep Guest Director Rick Goodwin explained.
The play co-stars George Hartpence, playwright Chris Canaan of New Hope and Joey Perillo of Yardley.
“Played mostly for laughs but peppered with the trials and tribulations of a lifetime of memories and missed opportunities, the play hilariously hurtles toward unexpected conclusions,” said Cheryl Doyle, ActorsNET’s artistic director.
“ActorsNET has presented two of Mr. Canaan’s other plays in previous seasons, ‘The Big Bad Wolf: An Adult Fairy Tale about Fear, Forgiveness and Sexual Identity,’ and ‘Sprinkles & Glaze.’ Both were very successful projects. This show was a perfect opportunity to again collaborate with Chris, who is also the artistic director of New Hope Rep, to bring another new Bucks County romp to our stage.”
Doyle said the cast and crew are all fully vaccinated, and audience members are asked to produce proof of vaccination (or a negative COVID test within 36 hours of the performance) prior to admittance and to wear masks at all times while in the theater.
Audience seating will be spaced out between parties at all performances. The theater has a state-of-the-art ActivePure continuous air and surface cleaning system in place which runs continuously, and the facility is deep cleaned and disinfected between performances.
“Reckonings in New Hope” runs weekends Jan. 28 through Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. The Heritage Center Theatre is located at 635 N. Delmorr Ave. (Route 32), Morrisville. Tickets can be purchased along with seating assignments by using the ticketing system at actorsnetbucks.org. Patrons are encouraged to reserve their tickets (and seating) in advance.