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36 Star Starred
Oak Park Festival Theatre
in Austin Gardens 160 N. Forest Oak Park, IL 60301
708-445-4440
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11 reviews
6 stars
attended Aug 04 2006

What a wonderful evening under the stars. Our family had never try this venue, but we were up for an adventure. We came early, brought a picnic to see "Picnic" and sat... continued

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Critics Circle Award.
“Inge reveals the powerful mysteries of our lives.” —Tennessee Williams

Description

Robbye Lewis as Helen Potts, Billy Simmons as Hal Carter, Jhenai Mootz as Madge Owens, Eliza Burmeister as Millie Owens, Jack Hickey as Howard Bevans, T. Patrick Halley as Bomber Gutzel, Nick Maroon as Alan Seymour, Rosie Newton as Flo Ownens, Molly Surowitz as Christine Schoenwalder, Adrianne Cury as Rosemary Sydney, Angelique Westerfield as Irma Kronkite.

Bob Behr Stage Manager, Rebecca Hamlin Set Designer, Jeremy Getz Lighting Designer, Kyle Irwin and Cecil Averett Sound Design, JoEllen Koppenaal Costume Designer.

The play takes place on Labor day Weekend in the joint back yards of two middle-aged widows. The one house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two maturing daughters, Madge and Millie, and a boarder who is a spinster school teacher. The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man named Hal Carter, whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group. Hal is a most interesting character, a child of parents who ignored him, self-conscious of his failings and his position behind the eight ball. Flo is sensitively wary of temptations for her daughters. Madge, bored with being only a beauty, sacrifices her chances for a wealthy marriage for the excitement Hal promises. Her sister, Millie, finds her balance for the first time through the stranger’s brief attention. And the spinster is stirred to make an issue out of the dangling courtship that has brightened her life in a dreary, minor way.

About the Ticket Supplier: Oak Park Festival Theatre

Oak Park Festival Theatre has been presenting Shakespeare and other classic plays under the stars in beautiful Austin gardens since 1975, making them the oldest outdoor professional theatre company in the Midwest devoted to the classics. As of Fall 2010, they also produce shows in fall and spring at The Performance Center on Madison Street in Oak Park. Oak Park Festival Theatre is dedicated to presenting quality productions at a reasonable price, in a relaxed atmosphere just a short distance away from the bustle of Chicago's loop. Join them for an enchanted evening of entertainment.