River Street Theatre presents Classic Hecht-MacArthur Comedy as Fundraiser for Jaffrey Woman's Club

The River Street Theatre (RST), a project of The Park Theatre, will present the classic Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur fast paced romantic comedy, His Girl Friday, on Wednesday, August 16 at 7 pm as a fundraiser for the Jaffrey Woman's Club.

The highly witty and sassy, His Girl Friday was released in 1940 and stars Cary Grant as a hard-boiled newspaper editor and Rosalind Russell as a star crime reporter. Directed by Howard Hawks, it is based on the very successful 1928 Hecht-MacArthur Broadway play, The Front Page. The Front Page was made into a hit film in 1931 and several more versions after that. The unique aspect about His Girl Friday was that Hawks turned the main lead character, Hildy Johnson, from a male reporter in the original story into a female reporter. Hecht and MacArthur approved the change for this film version. Once again it was a very well received film.

His Girl Friday was completely restored in 2016 with astonishing video and sound clarity. The RST will present that newly restored version of the film.

"We are so happy to hold this benefit film for the Jaffrey Woman's Club. They have been a very gracious and benevolent partner to The Park Theatre. For 11 years they hosted our Free Movie Festival plus many other events including our annual meetings. This is a very small payback for everything they have done for us... and the community," said Steve Jackson, CEO and Managing Director of The Park Theatre.

Tickets for the His Girl Friday are $10.00. All ticket proceeds benefit the Jaffrey Woman's Club. More program and schedule information, as well as ticket purchases, can be found at riverst.org or by calling the RST Box Office (603) 532-8888. The after hours box office can be reached by calling OvationTix at (866) 811-4111.

The River Street Theatre is located in downtown Jaffrey, New Hampshire at 6 River Street. The River Street Theatre is sponsored by Grove Street Fiduciary, Coca-Cola, the Board of Trustees of the Park Theatre, Janet S. Grant, Betty Locke, Owen Houghton and the James F. & Fernande Kelly Charitable Trust.

About The Park Theatre & River Street Theatre

The Park Theatre first opened in Jaffrey in 1922 and was the center of community life as a movie and vaudeville house for 54 years until it closed in 1976. Purchased by The Park Theatre, Inc. in 2006, it will be rebuilt as a state-of-the-art film and performing arts center, featuring two auditoriums seating 485, presenting movies, live theatre, including children's productions, concerts, and lectures as well as offering a place for business and community gatherings for the Monadnock Region and its 100,000 residents, school districts and dynamic artistic community. The new Park Theatre is scheduled to open in 2018.

The Park Theatre currently operates the River Street Theatre (RST), a small live entertainment and cinema venue, located adjacent to the construction site as an interim theatre until the new Park Theatre opens. Opened in January of 2017, the RST holds the title of "smallest theatre in New England."


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