The Actors’ Ensemble production of THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL

Saturday, June 1 at 7:00pm
Sunday, June 2 at 2:00pm
Saturday, June 8 at 7:00pm
Sunday, June 9 at 2:00pm

Advance Tickets: $20 general / $15 members / $10 students
Tickets at the Door: $25 general / $20 members / $10 students

This production will be held inside the PS21 Black Box Theater

The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote

Horton Foote’s moving play tells the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman, who longs to escape the cramped Houston apartment where she lives with her protective son and authoritarian daughter-in-law. Carrie wants to return to her beloved hometown of Bountiful, Texas, one final time before she dies. Carrie escapes to the bus station and befriends a young woman named Thelma. The new friends travel toward Bountiful together, but when Carrie arrives in nearby Harrison, Texas, she begins to learn that her beloved town isn’t the same as she remembered it.

Cast:  Eddie Allen, Bethany Caputo, James Gavin, Jonathan Hyland, Salome Krell, John McManus, Fern Sloan, and Joey Sorge
Directed by Ted Pugh.

“THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL is about the myth of an idea called home. Mr. Foote creates characters, nearly all of whom come from the same stretch of provincial Texas, who long to believe in the reality of real estate, that a house is a fortress and an anchor in a world of threatening flux. But this bleakly sentimental playwright is as merciless as he is compassionate. Home is only an illusion for his people, and everyone is ultimately an orphan, even when surrounded by family.” —NY Times

“When you’ve lived longer than your house or your family, maybe you’ve lived too long.  Maybe the need to belong to a house, and a family, and a town has gone from the rest of the world.” -Mrs. Watts, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL [the central character]

“I’ve never been more deeply moved by a theatrical production of any kind.” —Wall Street Journal

The Actors Ensemble was founded in 1985 in New York City by a group of professional actors. Inspired by the acting techniques taught by the late actor Michael Chekhov, the Ensemble began working together with the mission of developing the art of the actor and creating theater ensemble. Since its founding, the Ensemble has created and performed theater productions across the US, in Europe and in Australia.

The Actor’s Ensemble has been performing in Columbia County since 1993 and was resident theater company at the Spencertown Academy from 200-2006. The company is under the artistic leadership of two actors and has over the years worked with carious invited guest-directors, often displaying a minimal stage set-up addressing and evoking the imagination.

In 2015 the Actors Ensemble initiated a professional acting school, located in Hudson NY at Solaris. As the “Michael Chekhov School” they offer an immersive training in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique.

“We were interested in the subject of home, and whether that is defined by land, people, work, or even a singular structure.  So much of our culture now is nomadic, transient, and certainly centered around the cities of the world. Families live apart, people travel far and wide for work.  By 2040, most of our population will live in an urban environment. But once upon a time, our connection to the land was central to life. Though it was hard, unpredictable, and simple, it gave one a sense of stewardship, of ownership, and perhaps a sense of belonging that is lacking in our society today.”  – Bethany Caputo