Susannah Berryman and Jesse Bush Lead Hangar Theatre's THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, Now thru 9/15

The fifth production of the 2012 Hangar season is a true American classic, Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful. This intensely moving and riveting story of acceptance and coming home again will be directed by the Hangar's Associate Artistic Director Stephanie Yankwitt (Hangar's Rounding Third) and features a cast of local favorites including Susannah Berryman (Hangar's Penelope of Ithaca, The Chalk Circle, Cabaret, and The Rainmaker) and Jesse Bush (Hangar's Ever So Humble, Disney's Beauty and the Beast). The Trip to Bountiful opens tonight, September 7, and runs through September 15th.

Written by two-time Oscar winner Horton Foote (To Kill a Mockingbird, Tender Mercies), The Trip to Bountiful is the story of Carrie Watts, who lives with her son and daughter-in-law in a small Houston flat. She is desperate and determined to return to her childhood home in Bountiful, Texas. Carrie is convinced that by returning home, she will reclaim her dignity, her peace of mind as well as her sense of self. This 1953 Broadway drama was called "The rarest of theatre experiences, an evening which will prove an indelible memory" by the New York World Telegram and was the basis for the 1985 Oscar winning film.

In keeping with the homecoming theme of the play, the Hangar cast features an impressive collection of "home-grown" talent comprised of professional actors whose work in Ithaca is distinguished and celebrated. Along with Berryman and Bush, the cast includes Sarah K. Chalmers, Sarah Charles, Dane Cruz, R.M. Fury, and Vincent Hannam.

"I can't imagine a better way to complete our 2012 season" says Hangar Artistic Director Peter Flynn. "The Trip to Bountiful is a beloved play by one of this country's most treasured playwrights. It is incredibly fitting that the Hangar cast of this gorgeous play should be peopled with some of the area's most popular and gifted actors. This production is a true family affair."

Regular tickets range from $18 t0 $45. Student Discounts: Student tickets are just $18 for plays and $21 for musicals with a valid student ID. Student rush tickets are just $12 for plays $15 for musicals and can be purchase at the Hangar Theatre Box Office 15 minutes before show time. The Hangar Box Office is located at 801 Taughannock Blvd. near Cass Park.

Tickets are available online at www.HangarTheatre.org, by phone at 273.4497 or 1.800.ITHACA, in person at Ticket Center Ithaca on the Downtown Commons or at the Hangar Theatre Box Office one hour before show time.

The Hangar Theatre's commitment to making theatre accessible for the entire community is represented though our Pay What You Can (PWYC) program. Patrons may pay what they can afford to see a show. The first Saturday matinee performance of each Mainstage production and the Saturday noon performances of KIDDSTUFF have a limited number of tickets available for PWYC thanks to the generosity of our Mainstage PWYC sponsor Schlather, Stumbar, Parks & Salk, LLP and our KIDDSTUFF PWYC sponor GreenStar Cooperative Market. A limited number of tickets are available. Tickets may be purchased at the Hangar Theatre box office one hour before curtain. The recently renovated theatre is located at 801 Taughannock Blvd. Ithaca, NY 14850. The Hangar business office is located at 171 East State Street, Suite 230 in Center Ithaca. Ithaca, NY 14851.

The Hangar Theatre is committed to providing exceptional theatre experiences of high professional quality to enrich, enlighten, educate, and entertain the diverse audience in the Finger Lakes region and beyond. Strong education and training programs are central parts of our commitment to the local and national artistic communities.

BIOGRAPHIES

Susannah Berryman (Carrie) This is Susannah's sixth production at the Hangar Theatre. Others include Penelope of Ithaca, The Diary of Anne Frank, Cabaret, The Chalk Circle, and The Rainmaker. She has also performed many times at the Kitchen Theatre, where some of her favorite roles include Winnie in Beckett's Happy Days, Katharine in A Perfect Ganesh, and Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Other venues include the Signature Theatre, the American Stage Company, the Asolo State Theatre, and Ithaca's Central Casting, where she was fortunate to play in 'night, Mother as the daughter of the splendid LaVerne Light. Susannah also directs and she is an Associate Professor in the Ithaca College Theatre Arts Department. Some cherished directing experiences include Floyd Collins, The Light in the Piazza, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Bed and Sofa.




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