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Good Theater presents THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL

Good Theater, the professional theater in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, is pleased to present Horton Foote's multi-award-winning The Trip to Bountiful starring Broadway veteran Louisa Flaningam. Bountiful opens March 29 and plays through April 30.

The Trip to Bountiful first appeared on Broadway in 1953 starring Lillian Gish. Most recently Cicely Tyson starred in a Broadway revival that also featured Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Vanessa Williams. The play was adapted for a 1985 movie that starred Geraldine Paige who won the Oscar for Best Actress.

In addition to Louisa Flaningam, Good Theater's production of The Trip to Bountiful features Christopher Holt as son Ludie, Amy Roche as daughter-in-law Jessie Mae and Hannah Daly as Thelma. Others in the cast include: Glenn Anderson, Michael Kimball, Craig Capone, Griff Kimball, Val Bramble Claire Mcdougald and David Vincent.

The production is directed by Brian P. Allen, Good Theater's Artistic Director. This is the 84th production Allen has directed at Good Theater since the company began. The set is designed by Francois Lamothe with costume design by Justin Cote, lighting design by Iain Odlin, sound design by Steve Underwood and stage manager Michael Lynch. Cheryl Dolan is the scenic artist/props artisan and Craig Robinson is the technical director.

The Trip to Bountiful is set in Texas in the 1950s. Carrie Watts (Flaningam) is desperate to get back to her beloved town of Bountiful. She escapes the cramped apartment she shares with her son and daughter-in-law to embark on an adventure. Along the way she meets a young woman, Thelma (Daly), who helps her on her journey.

Audiences have loved this classic since it made its Broadway debut. Good Theater's production promises to be filled with Great Performances and beautiful scenery as the touching story is brought to life.

Performances for The Trip to Bountiful are Wednesdays ($22) 7:00, Thursdays ($22), Fridays ($27) 7:30, Saturdays ($27) 3:00 & ($30) 7:30and Sundays ($30) 2:00. For tickets and information patrons may contact the box office 207-885-5883 or go to the company's website Performances are at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress Street, Portland.

Earlier this season, Good Theater presented the Portland premiere of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Broadway at Good Theater, Love Letters and the Maine premiere of The May Queen.

Next season, the company's 16th, Good Theater will present: Sex With Strangers (Maine premiere), An Inspector Calls (classic psychological thriller), Broadway at Good Theater, A Christmas Carol (Will Rhys' one-man version), Shear Madness, the Maine premiere of Love Loss and What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron and a TBA to conclude the season.

Louisa thrilled to be at The Good Theatre in this play. A proud Actors Equity member, her 48 year career spans Broadway, National Tours, Off-Broadway and Regional Theatres across the country. Roles range from Ma Joad in THE GRAPES OF WRATH to Fastrada in Bob Fosse's PIPPIN (National Tour); from Aunt March, in the National Tour of LITTLE WOMEN to Mattie Fae in the Alley's AUGUST OSAGE COUNTY. On Broadway Louisa was Cleo in the 1979 revival of the MOST HAPPY FELLA, also telecast on PBS; the 1992 GUYS AND DOLLS; THE MAGIC SHOW and PLAY ME A COUNTRY SONG; New York City Opera: BRIGADOON. Off-Broadway: OPAL; THE KNIFE. National Tours: Harvey Fierstein's TORCH SONG TRILOGY; I LOVE MY WIFE with The Smothers Brothers and Marta in COMPANY. Highlights: Three DRIVING MISS DAISYs (Barrymore Award Nomination); Bea in QUEEN OF THE STARDUST BALLROOM; DAMN YANKEES with Tony Randall; premiere of William Kennedy's GRAND VIEW and PAL JOEY with Lena Horne. Favorite highlight: playing opposite husband, PJ Benjamin, in THE LAST ROMANCE. Off stage passion: The Captain Timothy Hill House, their historic house museum on Chincoteague Island, VA.

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