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Next production at Bristol Riverside asks audiences if they can handle the truth

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Bristol Riverside Theatre (120 Radcliffe St.) closes its season May 3 to 22, with Aaron Sorkin’s groundbreaking story of a group of military lawyers assigned to defend two Marines in Guantanamo Bay. “A Few Good Men,” the play upon which the Academy Award-nominated film is based, is about a team of lawyers who uncover a high-level conspiracy covered up in the name of patriotism. The assigned Navy lawyer, a privileged young man more interested in playing softball than working on the case, expects an easy plea bargain. The lone woman in the department to outrank him is the only one more interested in truth and justice than the status quo. Through sheer determination she insists on the truth and they ultimately defend their clients, putting the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial. Erika Strasburg, who grew up in Doylestown, returns to Bristol Riverside Theatre after appearing in “Gypsy” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” She plays Lieutenant Commander Joanne Galloway, the defense lawyer that sets the story in motion. BRT Producing Director Ken Kaissar directs the show, which opens Thursday, May 5. Previews begin May 3. Tickets start at $43, with discounts available for students and military. A limited number of $10 tickets are available for Bristol Township residents courtesy of Flager & Associates. As always, Bristol Borough residents can receive $5 tickets for preview performances. Audience members must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or Antigen) taken within 48 hours of the performance start time. Masks will be optional. For tickets and complete health protocols, visit brtstage.org or call 215-785-0100. Also starring in the production are Sean Davis, a recent Juilliard graduate; Bobby Underwood, who appeared in the Yiddish “Fiddler on the Roof” off-Broadway; Richard B. Watson, who has several stage credits and appeared as Peter Tchaikovsky in Amazon Prime’s “Mozart in the Jungle”; James Lee and Maddox Morfit-Tighe; and John Anthony Torres. Andrew Deepen, BRT’s production manager, is the set designer. Minjoo Kim is the lighting designer. BRT Resident Costume Designer Linda Bee Stockton is creating the costumes. Ryk Lewis is the sound designer. JROTC students at Pennsbury High School are doing drill demonstrations for the cast as well as teaching Marine cadences.


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