Rabbit Run Theater closes the summer season with “Private Lives”


Rabbit Run Theater, in Madison, Ohio, closes its 2015 summer season with Noël Coward’s comedy “Private Lives”.

Set in 1930, “Private Lives” debuted on Broadway in 1931 and has had numerous revivals both in London’s West End and on Broadway.  The lead role of Elyot Chase has featured over the years no less than Richard Burton, Alan Rickman and Matthew Macfadyen with Tallulah Bankhead, Elizabeth Taylor and Maggie Smithplaying opposite as lead female, Amanda Prynne.

Glamorous, rich, and reckless, Elyot and Amanda have been divorced from each other for five years. While honeymooning with new spouses, the couple has a chance meeting across adjoining balconies.  Former passions being rekindled, they hurl themselves into love and war.

Playing the role of Elyot is Matt Mortensen with Nancy Shimonek Brooks playing opposite as Amanda.  Mortensen has performed at several area theaters including The Fine Arts Association, Geauga Lyric Theatre Guild and Rabbit Run Theater.  Brooks has directed and performed in numerous theaters in Northeast Ohio including Porthouse Theatre, LEAP Actors Co., Ohio Performing Arts Co., The Fine Arts Association and Rabbit Run Theater.

Also performing are Christopher Ashmun as Victor Prynne and Evie Koh as Sibyl Chase.  The French maid is played by Colleen O’Leary.

“Private Lives” is directed by Ann Hedger, programming coordinator at The Fine Arts Association.  Hedger has been associated with Rabbit Run since the 1980’s as an actor and director.  “Private Lives” is the 13thproduction she has directed at Rabbit Run.

This summer season marks the 35th anniversary of Rabbit Run Theater since it reopened in 1980.

RabbitRunlogox225“Private Lives” opens Friday, Aug. 14, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 29.  Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line atwww.rabbitrunonline.org.  Tickets are $21/adult and $19/senior, student.  For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the new picnic pavilion or courtyards.

All shows begin at 8 p.m.  Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH.  Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Behm Family Funeral Home, Chemsultants and Lake Health.




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