Newnan Theatre Company Presents ONE SLIGHT HITCH
Newnan Theatre Company invites you to the wedding of the century when they open the new year with comedian Lewis Black's play, One Slight Hitch in their Black Box arena. Most people probably know Black for his bombastic comedy rants on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, however Black first made his name in New York as Playwright in Residence for the West Bank Café Downstairs Theatre Bar in New York City. He wrote many short plays while there, but One Slight Hitch was his best-known full length play.
Director Terri Whitley jumped at the chance to lead this production. "I love directing comedy, and Lewis Black, to me, is one of the funniest comedians in the business. He loves to put events in his own unique perspective, and in this case, he shows the world how insane it can be trying to plan a wedding."
In the play, Doc and Delia Coleman are finalizing their plans for their daughter Courtney's wedding. On the very day of the wedding, everything seems to be going according to plan when out of the blue, their daughter's ex-fiancé, Ryan, shows up at their front door. Ryan has no idea his former flame is getting married that day, and Doc tries to keep him from finding out while trying to get rid of him. He is also trying to keep his wife from finding out Ryan has appeared, because Doc knows Delia will go berserk.
"It's a farce of epic proportions," Whitley says. "Everyone is trying to keep secrets. There are people hiding in closets, bathrooms, in the basement, and everyone is trying to figure out exactly what is going on and how to get rid of one boyfriend before the other finds out."
Janet Marie Gunnels plays Courtney, the nervous bride-to-be. Joseph Moore plays the vagabond ex-boyfriend, and Levi Gentry is the current, much more conservative new prospective groom. Tony Daniel and Mary Caroline Moore play Courtney's stressed-out parents. Megs Free and Ann Moore play Courtney's sisters, Melanie and PB.
"The story is being told by the Coleman's youngest daughter, PB," Whitley says. "She is remembering back to when she was sixteen, and life in the early 80's was all glowing and wonderful. She acts as both the narrator and as a character in the show, taking the audience with her down her own 'memory lane.'"
Lewis Black's One Slight Hitch opens on February 2 and runs through February 12. Shows are Thursday - Sunday both weekends, with Thursday - Saturday shows starting at 8 pm, and Sunday shows beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased through the NTC website, www.newnantheatre.org , or by calling 770.683.6282. The show does have some mature language.