“Fifth of July” at Attic Ensemble

“Fifth of July”
by Lanford Wilson

The scene is a sprawling farmhouse in rural Missouri, which is home to Ken, a legless Vietnam veteran, and his lover, Jed, a horticulturist. They are visited by Ken's sister, June, and her teenage daughter, and by Gwen and John -- the former a hard-drinking, pill-popping heiress who aspires to be a rock star, the latter her wary-eyed husband and manager. All are old friends from college days, and former activists who agitated for what they hoped would be a better world. The action centers on Gwen's offer to buy the farm, which she plans to convert into a recording center, and on Ken's Aunt Sally, who has come to the family homestead to scatter the ashes of her late husband. Their talk, as the play progresses, is sharp and funny and, in the final essence, deeply revealing of lost hopes and dreams and of the bitterness which must be fought back if one is to perceive the good which life can offer.

Performed by Attic Ensemble
At Barrow Mansion
Performances ran
Friday, September 22, 2000 thru Sunday, October 1, 2000
Weston Hurley.... Tye Cure
Gwen Landis.... Tracey Randinelli Has Bio
Jed Jenkins.... Phil Geoffrey Bond
John Landis.... Harold Field
June Talley.... Joanne Smith Has Bio
Kenneth Talley Jr.... Paul Zeller Has Bio
Sally Friedman.... Jane Pappidas
Shirley Talley.... Amy DeGaetano
Directed by John DeBenedetto
Costume Design by Wanda Maragni Has Bio
Lighting Design by Gina Priano-Keyser Has Bio Has photo
Sound Design by Judith Moss Has Bio
Stage Managed by Jeanie Copeman
Set Designed by Mark E. Morchel Has Bio
Properties by Joanne Smith Has Bio
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