“Visiting Mr. Green” Opens Oct. 12
The international hit play “Visiting Mr. Green” opens on Oct. 12 for eight performances at the Charlotte Players Langdon Playhouse, 1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte. Jack Rabito is directing Ron Bupp and Michael Vena in the two-act play centering on the relationship between the octogenarian Mr. Green and the young corporate executive Ross Gardiner.
The two are brought together when recent widower Mr. Green is almost hit by a car driven by Ross. Found guilty of reckless driving, Ross is ordered to spend the next six months making weekly visits to Mr. Green. What starts off as a comedy about two people who resent being in the same room develops into a gripping, moving drama as they get to know each other, uncovering family secrets and opening old wounds they’ve been hiding and nursing for years.
“Visiting Mr. Green is one of those special stories,” Rabito said. “Full of humor, exploration of the human experience, doubt and faith. Age and youth on a collision course.”
Written by American author Jeff Baron, “Visiting Mr. Green” has been translated into 22 languages, with 500 productions in 46 countries, and has won numerous awards. Famed actor Eli Wallach originated the role of Mr. Green when the play opened in 1996. Ron Bupp is reprising his Lemon Playhouse role as Mr. Green.
Tickets for the Charlotte Players production are available at the link below or by calling 941-255-1022 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.
Rabito, an actor of note who will star in “Give ‘me Hell, Harry!” at the Langdon on Oct. 25 and 26, likens directing a play to making sausage, “messy and raw with major cleanup before the final product is ready. But when the play is ready for an audience, it is a thing of beauty, delightful to the eyes and ears of those people in the seats ready for a good story.”
He drew an analogy between directing and fine dining.
“The director has set the table and the actors are ready to serve the main course – our story,” he said. “Our cast and crew hope you enjoy every bite you take of this story. Your applause is their tip. As director, I admonish you to be generous.”
ABOUT CHARLOTTE PLAYERS: Celebrating its 58th anniversary in this year, Charlotte Players is a nonprofit organization dedicated to continuing a rich tradition of providing and promoting professional theater arts through the avenues of educational programs and entertainment productions that enrich the community in Charlotte County and Southwest Florida. For more information, visit www.charlotteplayers.org.