The Footlight Club kicked off its 142nd season with "Pippin" this past weekend for a run of six shows. All photos courtesy of Sacred Harbor Photography. "Pippin" is the story of a young man's journey to be incredible. Pippin is a young prince who is heir to the Frankish throne, and in search of true happiness and fulfillment. Pippin looks for the secret to happiness on the battlefield, through temptations of flesh and the intrigues of political power.
In the Footlight Club's "Our Town," director Katie Swimm uses the 1930s play's movement and music to tell the story through an ensemble of actors that reflect the diverse community of Jamaica Plain in 2018. All photos are courtesy of Sacred Harbor Photography. Playwright Thornton Wilder penned "Our Town” in the 1930s when he was in his 30s, as a response to not being satisfied with theater of his era. Uniquely, it is narrated by a stage manager and is performed with minimal props and sets. Wilder wanted to create something that was more direct, which led to the play’s distinctive self-awareness and breaking of the fourth wall, which was not common back then, and is a beloved aspect of the show now.
The Footlight Club's "Heathers The Musical" is based on the cult classic 1980s movie starring Christian Slater, Winona Ryder and Shannen Doherty. That trio are not in the local show, but that's probably for the best as the drama will remain on stage and not behind the scenes in the Footlight's version opening April 13th. With music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy, the musical tells the story of Veronica Sawyer, originally played by Ryder, who is a brainy and beautiful teenager, and part of the Heathers, the most popular and powerful clique in high school. She finds out that being part of the clique means she's got to bully kids, including former friends of hers. She ends falling for a mysterious newcomer, Jason Dean (JD), originally played by Slater.
America's oldest community theater is teaming up with the Jamaica Plain Artists Association to debut the Footlight Club's "Heathers: The Musical" and the association's Spring Members Show on April 13th. The Jamaica Plain Artists Association (JPAA) Spring Members Show will feature more than 25 artists exhibiting original paintings, photography, encaustic art, mixed-media, sculpture and more. The artists are all local from JP, Roslindale, Hyde Park, Brookline and more. There will be an Artist Talks event on Wednesday, April 18th from 6 to 9 pm during which several exhibiting artists will discuss their art and creative processes. Artists included in the show are: Nicole Bahlmann, Erica Baptiste, Phyllis Bluhm, Celeste Bocchicchio-Chaudhri, Lynn Dann, Erik Gehring, Lisa Goren, Suzanne Hoffman, Yangsoon Ji, Cynthia Kollios, Victoria Laje, Joni Lohr, Nancy Marks, Silvina Mizrahi, Erica Nazzaro, Fiona O'Connor, Remi Picó, Mardi Reed, Andrea Tamkin, Al Wallstrom, Barbara Ellen Watkins, Nancy J Young, Richard Youngstrom and Ginny Zanger.
Benjamin Franklin is often credited with discovering electricity. But did he ever think that doctors in the 1880s would use vibrators to treat "hysterical" women (and some men)? Probably not, but it actually did happen. The Footlight Club's play "In The Next Room or the Vibrator Play" focuses on a doctor, his wife and how this newfangled therapy affects their entire household. “In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play” was a 2010 Tony Nominee for Best Play, Best Costume Design and Maria Dizzia was nominated as Best Featured Actress.