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A.R. Gurney's "The Fourth Wall" Opens December 21st

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A.R. Gurney's "The Fourth Wall" Opens December 21st

Dec 18 2007
Palm Beach Dramaworks

West Palm Beach’s only resident professional theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks, continues its 8th anniversary season with A.R. Gurney’s love letter to theatre, The Fourth Wall, on Friday, December 21st (8PM) at their intimate downtown theatre (322 Banyan Boulevard). Special priced preview performances are slated for December 19th & 20th (8PM) and the production will play through February 3rd. In The Fourth Wall, the state of American politics is skillfully woven into a modern-day lively and clever comedy that explores our place in the world today. In this newly revised version, the play begins as Peggy, much to the chagrin of her husband, Roger, redecorates their Buffalo, New York apartment as if it were a stage – everything faces one bare wall, the ‘fourth wall'. Soon everyone who enters their living room begins to behave as if they were acting in a play along with the occasional urge to break into song! Directed by Dramaworks’ Resident Director, J. Barry Lewis the cast includes: Peter Thomasson, Angie Radosh, Patti Gardner and Gregg Weiner. The play will feature scenery designed by Michael Amico, costumes designed by Erin Amico and lights designed by Ron Burns. Originally penned in 1992, the playwright recounts why he returned to revise the original play: "In the summer of 2001, after George W. Bush had entered the White House, I began to write another play with a political theme. Halfway through, I started to feel that I was repeating myself. I returned to The Fourth Wall... A.R. Gurney won the Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Playwright in 1971 and has subsequently been nominated for multiple Drama Desk Awards including being twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His other well known works include Love Letters, The Dining Room, The Cocktail Hour, Sylvia, Sweet Sue and Mrs. Farnsworth. The Palm Beach Dramaworks season will continue with a distinguished roster of plays including Agnes of God by John Pielmeier (February 22nd - April 6th) and Benefactors by Michael Frayn (April 25th - June 15th). Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Florida Professional Theatres Association, Florida Theatre Conference, and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.