Friday, June 22, 2018

Screwball Comedy "His Girl Friday" at the Hedgerow Theatre

Press Release

The hilarious stage adaptation of the famous film, His Girl Friday, directed by
Damon Bonetti and featuring the core company members Producing Artistic Director Jared Reed, Jennifer Summerfield, Jessica DalCanton and Adam Altman, will preview Thursday, June 28, open Friday June 29 and will run through Sunday, July 29th at Hedgerow Theatre (64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, PA 19063). Rounding out the cast will be ensemble member Owen Corey and Hedgerow favorite, Mark Swift.

Walter Burns, hard-boiled editor for The Morning Post, learns his ex-wife and former star reporter, Hildegard “Hildy” Johnson, is about to marry bland insurance man Bruce Baldwin and settle down to a quiet life as a wife and mother in Albany, New York. Walter is determined to sabotage these plans, enticing the reluctant Hildy to cover one last story, the upcoming execution of convicted murderer Earl Williams.

Director Damon Bonetti speaks of the piece, “Bringing one of the great movies to the stage and finding ways to make actors take on many different roles - sometimes in the same scene.” And those actors will feature our core company members: Jared Reed, Jennifer Summerfield, Adam Altman, and Jessica DalCanton, along with ensemble players Owen Corey and Mark Swift.

To give tone to the piece, Bonetti comments, “It's a classic screwball comedy, a war of the sexes, with a bit of relevance thrown in with crooked elected figures and sensationalism of the press.”

The Core Company Project brings together a core group of four actors over three years to perform in nine plays together ranging from classic to contemporary to new works created for the Core. Adam Altman, Jessica DalCanton, Jennifer Summerfield, and Producing Artistic Director Jared Reed will be the core actors in this first iteration.

“The best part--watching these wonderful actors inhabit different roles, the seamlessness of transforming from character to character and the breakneck speed of a classic summertime Hedgerow comedy!” Bonetti encourages.

The first performance of His Girl Friday is Thursday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. and runs until Sunday July 29, at 2 p.m. There will be an additional matinee performance on Wednesday, July 18 at 2 p.m.

Adult ticket prices vary: Regular Adult is $35, Senior Discount $32 and age 30 and under $20. Prices include all fees and are subject to change. For reservations or more info, call 610-565-4211 or visit Hedgerow Theatre is located at 64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, PA, 19063 (near Media).